A DOG grooming shop in Ilkley has announced it is to close on Sunday, March 18.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Barkers of Ilkley, which is part of Pets at Home, said: "It’s with a heavy heart that we have to bid farewell to an amazing town and a community that welcomed us with open arms from day 1. We have made some truly special friends, both four and two legged and we’re so sad to be having to say goodbye.

"It has truly been an honour to help and support your dogs, whether finding that perfect food for ticky tums or getting that coat to fit just right.

I can assure you that this decision was not an easy one and not taken lightly, but due to a number of factors we have to say goodbye.

Please do come and see us before, as we have a couple of months yet before our doors close for good, as we hate the thought of not being able to say goodbye to you all in person.

Last, but certainly not least – thank you! Thank you for supporting us these last two and a half years – you have been fantastic.

For all of our spa customers, our groomers will be getting in contact over the coming weeks to discuss your appointments, but please do give us a call if you are worried before then. We can also help arrange an alternative appointment at our sister dog grooming salon, The Groom Room, located in Pets at Home Keighley."