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Drawing the curtains on 1935 business

F. Lucas & Co. Ltd, the oldest curtain makers in Halifax, closing down soon. Pictured are Janet and John Sayle

F. Lucas & Co. Ltd, the oldest curtain makers in Halifax, closing down soon. Pictured are Janet and John Sayle

A soft furnishings shop that began in Halifax in 1935, is finally drawing the curtains on the long standing business.

F Lucas and Co., Warley Road, Halifax, was founded by Florence Lucas who set up the curtain and soft furnishing business in Palatine Chambers, at the top of Woolshops.

Florence’s grandson, John Sayle, went to work with his grandmother at the age of 17.

In 1968, John met his future wife Janet, who was working in a Halifax curtain shop. She later joined her husband in the family business and worked alongside him since.

Mr and Mrs Sayle worked alongside his grandmother until she retired in 1977, aged 77.

A year later, in 1978, the family business, as it moved further into the retail sector, moved premises to Halifax’s town centre Union Street.

F Lucas and Co. took over Gladys Vollans in Leeds for ten years, in 1984.

For the past 16 years, the couple have worked from the Warley Road showroom and workroom but will close the business this Easter and will take orders up until April 16.

Mr Sayle, 66, said: “When I first joined my grandmother, we were making up for 45 companies in Bradford, Halifax, and Leeds - all those businesses have now closed. Our customers have been superb, over the years.”

Mrs Sayle, 63, said the prominence of a buy-to-let market has stifled the market for quality handmade curtains.

The couple plan to fill their retirement together with gardening, walking and will continue to specialise in the advisory side of the business.

 

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