News In Brief: Peacocks saved - but stores to close

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FASHION chain Peacocks shops in Sheffield city centre, Rotherham, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Worksop are to close.

Four other Sheffield stores have been saved after Edinburgh Woollen Mill bought the in-administration chain. But administrators said about 75 jobs will be lost through the closure of branches including the Sheffield city centre shop on The Moor.

John Gorle, a national officer for the Usdaw union, said: “It is absolutely catastrophic for the 3,100 people now facing the dole. This remains one of the worst redundancy situations of recent years.”

Car park reopens

A CAR park will reopen to the public next week after £750,000 of work to prevent flooding in Rotherham town centre. From Monday, the Corporation Street car park will be in operation once again. Since its closure last August, a new pumping station has been installed under the site together with a defensive wall along the adjacent riverside walk.

Unusual structures

UNUSUAL structures will dominate one of Sheffield city centre’s busiest shopping areas from noon to 3pm today. Eight items made from timber, metal, glass and stone are being installed temporarily on The Moor by the Sheffield University architecture department. Organiser Jay Wheeler said: “The aim is to get people talking.”

Climber book visit

A ROCK climber will visit Waterstones in Orchard Square, Sheffield, tomorrow at 11am, to sign copies of his new book. Mark Radtke’s book, A Canvas of Rock, features a collection of personal experiences from the 1970s onwards.