Customers have been bringing flowers and cards to the owners of the world's last traditional oatcake shop on its final day of business.
The world's last traditional oatcake shop will finally close today as a regeneration scheme gets underway.
The world's only surviving traditional oatcake shop in Stoke-on-Trent is to close.
There were tearful scenes in Stoke-on-Trent today as the world's last traditional oatcake shop closed for business. The Hole in the Wall, which has been running since the 1920s, is being knocked down as part of a council regeneration scheme.
Owner of Hole in the Wall Glen Fowler has been serving customers from his traditional Oatcake shop in Stoke since1982.
This is the queue outside the traditional Oatcake shop in Staffordshire which is closing today. Hole in the Wall has been in business for the past 30 years.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said:
– Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
The original properties were coming to the end of their lifespan after more than 100 years of occupation and detailed reports showed many to be unsuitable for modern day requirements.As part of the plans alternative premises were offered to the oatcake business even looking at designing a brand new Hole in the Wall shop. However, the current owner has decided to take a much earned retirement after over 25 years serving the local community.