Cobblers to close after 30 years

Jeff Shepherd outside his shop Pocklington Cobblers which has been part of the town for three decades  Working on a shoe inside
Jeff Shepherd outside his shop Pocklington Cobblers which has been part of the town for three decades Working on a shoe inside

After more than 30 years, an “old fashioned” Pocklington shop will close and the owner would like to thank the community for decades of support.

The Pocklington Cobblers, owned by Jeff Shepherd, a town councillor, has been repairing the shoes of Pocklington for more than three decades.­­

Jeff Shepherd is closing his shop after more than 30 years.

Jeff Shepherd is closing his shop after more than 30 years.

­The shop, on George Street, will close next month due to a reduction in need for the service and an expected loss of trade around the corner with the neighbouring Co-operative Store set to close.

He said: “The shoe repair side of things is dying anyway so it was going to come at some point – it’s just come a bit quicker than I anticipated. I have had absolutely loads of support from the community, that’s the beauty of the people of Pocklington, they have been really 
supportive. I feel a little bit sad that I’m closing.”

As well as a decrease in trade, the decision comes with the Co-operative store due to close with a planning application submitted to create residential flats.

When Boots the Chemist shut across the road, Cllr Shepherd estimated he lost around £400 a week in passing trade.

Last month Eric Lee Electrical closed its doors for good after 83 years of trading.

“Pocklington’s a great town, it’s got great people and they’re very supportive,” said Cllr Shepherd.

“The problem is all the houses they are building, people are buying them but they’re not actually here through the day. It’s becoming a commuter town.

“I used to do on average 20 pairs of shoes a day. It’s people’s habits that have changed - as I said earlier why would you buy a £15 pair of shoes and then take them and get them repaired.

“I have customers that say to me ‘I always get my shoes repaired’ but there’s not enough people now that do get their shoes repaired.”