A bookmaker in Weymouth has closed after more than ten years on the high street.

Jem Racing on St Thomas Street has had its last day of trading.

A sign posted in the window said: "It is with great regret and sadness that we will be closing this branch of Jem Racing.

"Our last day of trading will be Sunday, November 19.

"After this date, we will be open from midday to 2pm each day if you have any winnings to collect.

"We would like to thank you for all of your custom over the past ten years."

Dorset Echo:

Upon hearing the news, Paul Appleby, president of the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce, said: "I don't want to speculate because I don't know the details, but it is always sad to see a business leave the high street.

"Hopefully, another business from elsewhere wanting to move into Weymouth will look at that premises and think 'that is right for me.'"

The shop was launched in 2012 when it was opened by top jockey and grand national winner Daryl Jacob.

Jem Racing was founded in 1986. It has other betting lounges in the Dorset area including Poole and Bournemouth and a phone betting line.

It offers a wide selection of betting options, including horse racing, football and other sports. It is based out of 162 Ringwood Road Poole.

The Echo has attempted to contact the company for comment on the Weymouth branch closure.

In recent years other businesses such as Argos, Debenhams and Iceland have all moved away from the town.

One of the more recent closures was Wilko on Westham Road which shut on Thursday, October 5. The hardware and furnishings retailer tumbled into administration in August after it came under pressure from weak consumer spending and debts to suppliers. This closure worried other retailers on Westham Road who believe that the closure has reduced footfall.

Earlier this year in May the McDonald's on St Mary’s Street closed, much to the surprise of locals.

Additionally, Marks and Spencer is planning to relocate its store on St Mary Street and open a larger store at the Weymouth Gateway as part of a million-pound project.