The boss of a local opticians firm has revealed why it has closed its city centre branch.

Lords Opticians, a small independent opticians with practices around Norfolk, recently closed its Castle Meadow branch, known as Paxon And Thomas Optometrists. 

Adrian Hudson, the managing director of Lords, described the closure of the branch as a "sad loss" brought on by several reasons. 

The shop, which offered eye tests and sold a range of glasses and specialist contact lenses, was originally opened around 50 years ago.

In 2017, Mr Hudson's wife was diagnosed with cancer, and this combined with the Covid pandemic, rising business costs and competition from national chains meant that the business was no longer financially viable. 

Norwich Evening News: The notice that was placed in the shop's windowThe notice that was placed in the shop's window (Image: Newsquest)A notice that is still visible on the shop window reads: "This branch is now closed. 

"Thank you to all our customers over the past years. 

"If you have any problems or emergencies please call our Cromer branch."

Lords' other locations in Holt, Stalham and Cromer remain open.