Anyone who thinks that the current economic climate is anything but chilly (Gordon Brown for example) only need look at the high streets of our towns and cities.
This photo shows the entrance on Briggate, Leeds of the Borders bookshop a few days back, the white A4 notices on the doors say that the company went into administration last Thursday. Borders the book group run 45 bookshops around the UK and although the administrators say they are trying to sell them as a going concern it does not look good for the company and especially the 1,150 employees.
Here in Leeds city centre the Borders store is holding a closing down sale as can be seen by the new signs by the entrance in the photograph above. I took this photograph on Monday and for a book lover like me this is a sad day. If and when this Borders bookshop closes for the final time there will be only one major bookshop in Leeds city centre and that is Waterstones.