A NEWSAGENTS in Tilehurst is set to close down next month after almost 20 years of trading.

C & G News, on School Road, will officially close on February 1, owner Corinne Shadbolt confirmed.

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The newsagents, which has been run by Corinne and Geoff Foley for almost 20 years, is closing due to the "financial climate".

Corinne explained the rent is rising as are wages and not as many customers are visiting the shop nowadays.

She said they have tried to keep the shop going over the last year and a half but this has been "hard".

The decision to close is "definitely not something we have done lightly", she added.

"We both love working here.

"Love the job and love the customers.”

The pair thanked their customers for their support over the years.