HAPPY TO BE BACK: Adrian Andrews at Star Cobblers, in Barnard Castle
HAPPY TO BE BACK: Adrian Andrews at Star Cobblers, in Barnard Castle

THE reopening of a traditional workshop in the centre of Barnard Castle has come as boost for both staff and customers.
Like many other businesses, Star Cobblers, in Star Yard, closed at extreme short notice when the virus lockdown was announced by the government.
With restrictions eased, the business is now back open 9am to 1pm daily – much to the relief of customers whose shoes had been left at the workshop for repairs.
“Because we had to close so quickly, there must have been 20 to 30 pairs of shoes to collect,” said Adrian Andrews, who runs the workshop.
Repairs to footwear are just one part of the business, which also includes key cutting, the sharpening of garden equipment, supplying watch batteries and a host of other useful hardware services.
Some orthotic alterations for customers and local businesses are also available.
“It is impossible to work from home, so it's good to be back for the community,” added Mr Andrews.
“For example, people have been getting in touch by email asking if they can get extra keys cut for carers and home help and there are students who have come home and they are needing keys.”
Mr Andrews has welcomed a steady stream of customers to the workshop since reopening and has made sure suitable provisions for the safety of all are in place.
A screen has been installed at the counter, a one-in-one-out policy is observed and hand sanitiser and masks are available.
For more information, contact the workshop on 01833 690113 or email repairs@starcobblers.co.uk.