FRIENDS of Settle Area Swimming Pool are hoping its new charity shop will help raise vital funds.

The Settle Swimming Pool shop is due to open on Tuesday in Duke Street, next to The Lion pub.

Staffed by volunteers, it will initially open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will sell good quality, donated, clothing and other items.

Pat Taylor, chairman of the pool committee, said offers of both help in the shop and donations would be warmly welcomed. It is planned that the shop will help the pool charity implement recommendations in its business plan. The committee is also investigating other funding sources.