Owner to shut shop for good

John Ledraw has run JC Book Exchange on Hilderthorpe Road since 1971
John Ledraw has run JC Book Exchange on Hilderthorpe Road since 1971

The oldest living book trader in Yorkshire will close his doors for the last time to make way for the regeneration of a Bridlington road.

John Ledraw, 83, has run JC Book Exchange since 1971 and will finally close his small business following several years of negotiating with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

He said: “They have given me until August to move out all of my belongings and all my stock. But a few people have come in and told me they thought my shop had already shut.

“There are a few thousand books here. It would break my heart to get rid of them. I have built them up over the years.”

Now John is appealing for Bridlington residents to lend a hand in helping to clear his stock of 6,000 books.

“My solicitor contacted me to say he had arranged for me to have two months. I wanted until the end of the season to get rid of things.

“I want to sell the books. I just want people to know I’m still open.

John had been faced with the prospect of a compulsory purchase order by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which would have allowed allow them to obtain some properties on Hilderthorpe Road without the consent of owners.

However John said he has now reached an agreement with the authority and is happy to finally resolve the matter.

He added: “The East Riding of Yorkshire council have been very decent to me and have agreed to purchase the property. I think they have been reasonable with me. After fighting them for a couple of years I have got what I wanted.”