A FAMILY fabric business which has operated in Braintree for nearly seven decades has closed its store.

Lingard Fabrics, in Rayne Road, has announced on Facebook last week it is closing its store and is holding a clearance sale.

The business, which has been in Braintree for 67 years, offers bespoke made-to-measure curtains, made-to-measure blinds, curtain poles and tracks.

It also sells an array of soft furnishings, fabrics, and craft materials whilst also offering free workshops.

In an image posted by the shop, it shows a large poster which states the Braintree business is on the move and specifically moving to Sudbury, it also states there is free parking in the town.

In 1957, the store was opened by Sandie Lingard and originally traded in the High Street but moved to its current location Rayne Road years later.

A second store was opened in Sudbury in the 1970s.

Braintree has many car parks in and around the town centre which you must pay to use.

As mentioned in Lingard Fabrics’ poster, there is currently free parking in Sudbury.

Sudbury Town Council offers visitors up to three hours of free parking in select car parks across the town.

The Braintree unit officially closed on April 27.