Fans of High Street retailer Woolworths have been left disappointed after apparent news of its relaunch in 2021 turned out to be a hoax.

But mention of the much-loved chain, which went into administration in 2008, got us thinking about High Wycombe's own store, which sadly shut in 2009.

The High Wycombe branch opened in 1969 at the site of the famous Red Lion Hotel, which stood there since the early nineteenth century.

It was quite a prestigious location for Woolworths, affectionately known as Woolies and famous for its pick ‘n’ mix sweets, children’s clothes, homewares, CDs and DVDs.

Former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli gave his first political speech from the portico above the store in 1833, and Winston Churchill also spoke from the same spot as he sought re-election following World War Two in 1945.

When it was announced that Woolworths would be coming to High Wycombe, the news was greeted with great enthusiasm from the local people.

Peter Mogford, whose family ran the Red Lion Hotel from the 1930s, even praised the store and reminisced about it back in 2009 ahead of its closure.

He told the BFP: "It was thought to be a major move when it came to Wycombe. People thought it was going to be terrific having Woolworths right in the middle of High Wycombe.

“It will be very sad to see Woolworths going.”

It's closure, in early January 2009, came at a difficult time for the town's High Street.

Reeling from the 2008 credit crunch, many stores were shutting and the shopping street had the newly-built Eden Shopping Centre to contend with.

Fans of the store, along with the media, watched on as staff left after their final shift and the store manager locked up for the last time on January 6, 2009.

Staff worked for three days to clear all the leftover fixtures and fittings, even selling staff lockers to bargain hunters for £30 each as part of a huge liquidation sale.

Eighty people were left jobless by the shop's closure.

The Woolworths UK trademark was bought in 2009 and later merged with online brand

Very announced the move on its website, promising that customers of the defunct Woolworths site would be able to find many of the same products on its own site.

But its High Street presence across the UK was very much missed, judging by the furore created by a fake Twitter account today.

The newly-created account claiming to be Woolworths UK caused a stir by announcing it would be reopening three trial stores in 2021.

For many, it was welcome news to brighten up 2020 as they reminisced about their childhood Woolies memories - but sadly it was confirmed that the account was a hoax.

A spokesperson for The Very Group commented: “We own the Woolworths trademark in the UK. The Twitter account UKWoolworths is not connected to The Very Group.”