A WELL-known Barrow woman is retiring after an incredible 34 years in the fabric trade.

Christine Barker of Dalton Lane has been selling dress fabrics since 1985 with the support of her devoted husband John Barker.

Christine, 63, first started selling cakes in Dalton Market, but after many of her customers spoke about the lack accessibility to fabrics in the area she decided to set up a shop called Christine Barker Dress Fabrics.

Originally the couple started off with a shop on Forshaw Road but after six to eight months the couple then moved to Scott Street where they have been ever since - first at number 62 and then number 76.

Christine described her time in the trade as 'wonderful' and also how much she 'loved' doing it.

"I have had some absolutely lovely customers over the years and lots of happy memories.

"I love fabrics as you can just be so creative with them."

Christine has been sewing since she was 16 and is always making clothes for her family, including her daughters Jenny, Pamela and Kimberly.

John in particular has had his very own shirts made for him.

She has also created some amazing bespoke garments for customers over the years.

The decision to take retirement was not taken lightly.

Unfortunately, John was diagnosed with cancer back in November 2017 although his condition has since been managed.

Christine is also to have surgery to replace two new thumb joints and so the decision to retire felt appropriate.

However, Christine's dedication to sewing will continue and she is still looking forward to sewing for her family at home.

John said: "It's an end of an era and feels slightly overwhelming but at the same time it is the start of brand new adventure for us both."

News of her retirement has left many "upset" as the shop was not just seen as a place where you can buy fabric, but also as a place where people can come together and have a chat.

The couple will be continuing to trade until late May.