A landmark town centre restaurant is set to close this month after 54 years.
Mum and daughter team Joyce Wright and Carole Stamp, who have run the Copper Kettle on Warner Street in Acccrington since January 1962, have announced they will retire at the end of the month.
Carole, 64, first started working at the restaurant when she was nine years old and said it will be ‘very strange’ when they hang up their aprons.
She said: “We have had lots of happy times, lots of hard work, lots of fun and laughter and met lots of lovely people.
“We have watched families grow up and ‘Saturday Girls’ [a name give to their weekend staff] move on, but it’s now time for a rest.
“The Copper Kettle has been our life and we are sad to be going but hopefully someone younger will take it over and have many happy years here.
“We have both been there the whole time and even when I had a career in the civil service for 16 years I still helped at nights and on the weekend.”
Carole, who lives in Wilpshire with her 86-year-old mum Joyce and husband David, praised the support of customers and long-serving staff for their longevity.
She said: “We have all grown old together.
“People did their courting here and then we did their weddings, Christenings and anniversaries.
“We would like to thank our customers who have shared many of our ups and downs but who have remained loyal to the end.
“It is the end of an era for a lot of people but we wish the town and its people every success and hope Accrington can be revitalised and become a thriving community once again.”
Colette McCormack, who runs two shops on Warner Street, said there will be a ‘massive void’ when it closes on April 30. She said: “People are so used to them and they do have regular customers who just come for them.
“I wish them all the best in their retirement.”