I AM so sorry to hear of the closure of Marks and Spencer in Darlington and especially for all the loyal staff involved.

I hear they are opening a Simply Food in West Park, but that is not a very convenient place for a lot of people to get to, especially the elderly, who at the moment, are able to get a bus into town, do their shopping, have coffee with friends and back home again. It could well be the only trip out they get.

Would it not be possible for M&S to adapt a couple of units in Queen Street into a Simply Food shop? I really do hope our councillors will do their very best to make this happen.

M Duncan, Darlington