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6th Jul, 2022

You have your say on Droitwich's Grace Cards and Books' decision to close

Tristan Harris 20th Apr, 2022 Updated: 20th Apr, 2022

STANDARD readers have had their say on the decision by the Droitwich card shop – at the centre of the Covid controversy – to close at the end of the month.

We reported on Monday about the shop which has launched a 50 per cent off closing down sale.

The store was found guilty of four breaches of The Health Protection (Coronavirus restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. It had previously pleaded not guilty to the breaches.

The fines were overturned in February after the store’s owners appealed.

They argued they sold similar items to WH Smith which was allowed to stay open during the lockdowns.

Many people taking to our social media pages praised the shop’s owners and posted about how much they would be missed.

Mirren Brewer said: “Such a shame! Another business ruined by the unnecessary lockdowns and restrictions!”

On Spotted Droitwich, Sally Coombes wrote: “How very sad. Lovely people with integrity and decency.”

Carolyn Bourne added: “Oh no. Always get my cards from there, much better than WHS and other retailers in town.”

And Donna Perks said she was ‘gutted’. “I will now have to either trek over to hobbycraft or pay extortionate delivery prices online.”

On the Pictoral Droitwich Spa Facebook page, Jill Roberts wrote: “That is such a shame, as when I come to Droitwich I know I can get Christian cards and books!”

Pam Gyselinck stated: “What a pity after such a strong fight I wish you luck with your new life.”

And Janey Charlotte said: “Oh no! Gutted for them. Relied on them for many years for sugar craft items. A loss to the town!”

But there were others who said they felt the shop should have adhered to the Covid rules and stayed shut during the lockdown.

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