Waites bakery announces it will not be reopening

Closing: Waites bakery in Mytholmroyd and shops in Mytholmroyd (pictured) and Hebden Bridge
Closing: Waites bakery in Mytholmroyd and shops in Mytholmroyd (pictured) and Hebden Bridge

Sadness has greeted news that Calder Valley bakery Waites will not be re-opening.

The company, whose bakery and shop was in Mytholmroyd, had already announced that their Hebden Bridge shop would not be re-opening and have announced on the company’s Facebook page that after many weeks’ consideration they will not be re-opening.

The bakery and both shops were badly hit by the devastating Boxing Day floods 2015, and the decision brings to an end a 60-year tradition.

Waites have issued the statement, which they say will be their only one on the matter, on their Facebook page.

It says: “Final decisions have been made as some of you will have heard no doubt.

“After over sixty years of trading we will not be re-opening.

“We’d like to thank all the members of staff who have come and gone and come back again in some cases, and one member of staff in particualr for staying with us through thick and thin, thanks Alan.

“Thank you all for your custom over the years.

“This flood has destroyed us in more ways than one so its time for us all to move on to pastures new with a bright future and a extra hour or two in bed!

“If you are missing a pie and you’re in or passing through Ilkley go and try a pie from Lishmans Of Ilkley, you won’t be disappointed.

“Please accept this as our only statement on the matter. Thanks.”

Renowned for treats such as their meat and potato pies and potato and onion squares, among others, the site is already garnering thanks and best wishes messages, all tinged with sadness, from those who enjoyed Waites’ products over the years.