Fred Wade Bookshop is closing down

Caroline and Jennifer Pell
Caroline and Jennifer Pell

A Halifax independent bookshop which has served the community since 1926 closes a week tomorrow.

Stock is now being sold off at discount due to the retirement of Jennifer Pell who has run the business - started by her father - for 53 years.

The shop has offered an online service and kept going despite increased competition from e-readers.

“I think my father would have been very proud of me for keeping the business going,” said Mrs Pell, who is in her eighties.

“We have a loyal band of customers who I shall miss but if I’m going to retire now is a good time and I don’t think anybody would want to buy an independent book shop these days.”

She is proud of the shop’s partnership with Calderdale libraries which helped introduce children to books and has enjoyed welcoming visiting authors to the shop which won several awards from Halifax in Bloom.