A bookshop is closing its doors after being open for more than 30 years.

The Lighthouse Bookshop on the High Street in Highworth is closing its doors on Wednesday, January 31 because it is no longer profitable.

Malcolm and Val Swift have managed the Christian book shop on behalf of the Seekers Light Trust since 2000, but have been involved in the trust for even longer.

The 86-year-old said he had seen a decrease in customers recently, and believes the Covid pandemic encouraged people to order books online.

Malcolm said: “It is going to be missed by the Christian community not only in Highworth.

”We have been a major part of Highworth.

“We have put our heart and soul into it but it's not been possible to keep it going because of a lack of footfall which I put down to the internet.

“It is a major part of our lives so going from full-on to nothing is going to be quite difficult."

The shop has been open for 40 years and has been at its current location for 30 years. Malcolm became a Christian after reading a book from the shop at its original location.

Chairman of the Seekers Light Trust, Peter McAuley, added: “It is going to be a great loss to the whole community.

“The business is not profitable, we have been losing money for a number of years, particularly since Covid."