Barkers Photographic to close Lowestoft Road studio in Gorleston

Barkers Photographic shop, Gorleston.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Barkers Photographic shop, Gorleston.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A photography studio that has helped capture moments across the borough for more than a hundred years is closing down next year.

Barkers Photographic, which was founded in 1914 by John Barker and remained in the family until 2011, will shut its last remaining retail outlet in January - moving into online-only business.

While the company has been mobile for many years, taking photographs on location in holiday camps, on beaches and at various events, it had always maintained a studio on Lowestoft Road in Gorleston.

The studio offered personalised portraits, modelling shoots and printing facilities, but the business is now set to re-brand, as costs of running the shop grew unmanageable.

Victor Ling, managing director of Barkers, said: 'It is a real shame that we have to close the retail arm, but, as more and more people buy online, the costs of keeping a shop open is getting prohibitive.

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'I would obviously like to take this opportunity to thank our thousands of local customers and assure them we will continue to provide our excellent service - just no longer from retail premises.'

As part of the re-brand - as Barkers Media - the business will continue to offer such digital services as website design, videos and virtual tours.

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