Customers have expressed their deep sadness at the news that two long-standing bakers in Southport are closing.
The Dutch Bakery, which was founded in 1959, and Lathams, a hands-on craft bakery making their products the traditional way since 1967, will both cease trading.
A spokesperson for Birkdale Civic Society said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news that two of our longest standing independent businesses will be closing. Both Lathams, and The Dutch Bakery have been key parts of our community for many years, and we will miss them dearly.
“Our thoughts are with all the staff and we would like to say a particular thank you to the original owner Mr Chris Latham for all his support for our village over the years.”
A spokesperson for Tappers Cafe in Southport said: “Having just found out the news about The Dutch Bakery and Lathams going bust I just wanted to reach out to the staff to say a huge thank you for supplying us over the last thirteen years.
“To Collette, the shop team, the delivery drivers and all the others behind the scenes, I am absolutely gutted for you all. To lose two epic businesses in Southport is quite frankly heartbreaking.
“I wish you all well, keep in touch and call in for a coffee anytime.”
Lathams was founded by Chris Latham at the age of 21, back in 1967.
The firm grew into welcoming customers at five shops in Birkdale, Churchtown, Crossens, Oak Street and Tarleton.
The main Bakery in Oak Street was formed of two semi-detached houses which were developed along the years with growth of the business.