WORRIES over a women's fashion chain have been raised after the city centre store announced it was "closing down".

Posters making the declaration have gone up in the windows of English Street's Bonmarche store.

The firm had collapsed in October, and was being run by administrators FRP Advisory.

The 285 store chain was previously owned by the businessman who ran the Carlisle-based Edinburgh Woollen Mill, tycoon Philip Day.

It employs 2,887 staff nationwide.

Other branches include outlets in Workington and Barrow.

FRP Advisory announced that 30 Bonmarche stores will close down by December 11, last year

The remaining stores will continue to trade, but their future is under review.

Previously the administrators said there was "every sign" that stores could "continue trading” in the hunt for a buyer.

FRP Advisory were asked for further comment but had not replied by publication deadline.