A TOWN centre pub in Kidderminster will close its doors in September, it has been confirmed.

The Penny Black in the Bull Ring is expected to serve its last pint at the end of September 2019, after operator Wetherspoon made a 'commercial decision' to close it down.

A Wetherspoon spokesman said: "We can confirm that The Penny Black will be closing.

“There is no definite date, but it is likely to be towards the end of September 2019.

“We understand that the pub’s loyal customers and staff will be disappointed and we thank them for their custom and loyal service over the years.

“This is a commercial decision taken by the company.

“All of the staff will be offered alternative jobs within Wetherspoon pubs.”

The Penny Black is named after the world's first postage stamp which was created by Kidderminster's Rowland Hill in 1840. A statue of Mr Hill stands outside the town hall, a short walk from the pub.