THE closing date of a much-loved town centre bookshop has been confirmed.

Popular shop Wardleworths on Westfield Street will close its doors for the final time on Saturday (August 17) to bring an end to a near 40-year-old St Helens institution.

The independent bookstore has become a popular fixture in St Helens and has seen a host of well-known personalities and sporting figures host book signings over the years.

The shop played host to many Saints greats with signing session down the decades. 

Other highlights include visits from figures such as Fred Dibnah.
The upcoming closure was initially announced, last month.

In a Facebook post, the shop said: “Many of you will now know that unfortunately and with deep regret Wardleworths will be closing in the next month or so.

“It has been a big place in the town for near on 40 years and we will be very sorry to see it go.

“A closing down sale has started with 25 per cent off all stock. Come and make the most of it while you can. Thank you to our many regulars over the years.”

Wardleworths has now confirmed the exact date of its closure.

The shop said: "Wardleworths has been a big part of St Helens for near on 40 years and I am so sorry to announce that the last trading day here will be next Saturday. 

"Wardleworths will close its doors for the last time at 4pm on Saturday, August 17. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers (especially our regulars) for their support over the years."

The news of the closure has caused much sadness across the town.
On social media, Star reader Gerard Bimson said: “Very sad news – a great shop with very friendly helpful staff – a huge loss to the town”.

Andrew Daniels added: “So many sporting book signings over the years, I have spent many hours and bought books for myself and for birthday and Xmas presents. Sad to see such a long established and traditional shop close.”