IT IS hard enough to be in business these days without the added stress of people spreading rumours that your business is to close. Here at the Playshack in Shildon, a multi-level play area for children up to 12 years old, we have many children and parents who, on hearing the rumour, were quite devastated.

Could we assure all our clients that we are not closing, in fact we are going from strength to strength and have many events planned.

In May this year we are the main sponsors of a children's art festival, involving children under 12 - hardly a sign that we are closing.

Christine Blundell and Jayne Hemming, The Playshack, Shildon.