Well-loved cafe closes its doors after seven decades

Debra Sykes of Bailey's in Dewsbury is pictured during the cafe's extension into another shop unit last year.
Debra Sykes of Bailey's in Dewsbury is pictured during the cafe's extension into another shop unit last year.
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A well-loved cafe has poured its final cup of coffee after a struggle against business rates.

Staff have lost their jobs after Bailey’s, in Market Place, Dewsbury, closed its doors on Christmas Eve.

Kitchen manager Jayne Haley blamed business rates for the collapse of the business.

She said: “The rates have been too high for a while. We have just not been able to make any money.

“I am upset for my job but more so for the cafe because it has been here for about 70 years.

“Some staff have been here for 22 years.”

She said workers were told that the owners had done everything they could to try to stop the cafe from closing.

She said that seven members of staff who will lose their jobs were on contracts of about 16 hours a week.

A further seven or eight worked on Saturdays or a single day during the week.

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