CUSTOMERS have said an emotional goodbye to a popular much-loved café in Workington as the doors close for a final time after 120 years of business.

Brother and sister Angela Hawley (was Tognarelli) and Martin Tognarelli announced last week that the popular shop would close today, September 30 after 120 years in the town.

The brother and sister will close the business, affectionately known as Toggie’s, to start their retirement, with today (Saturday) being the final day of trading.

In their announcement they said: "The last five generations of our family have been privileged to be a part of your lives and it has been extra special for us to see customers who came in as children, returning with their children and even grandchildren.”

Today Angela Hawley said the staff and family have been overwhelmed by the support shown from the people of the town since their closure was announced.

She said: “It’s been very emotional. We have had a fantastic week, we have been so overwhelmed by everybody’s good wishes and we have always been part of Workington town centre for a very long time, we didn’t realise the impact that we have had on so many people.

“It’s been so, so humbling to see that people have so enjoyed having a Toggie’s in the town.

“We have been overwhelmed. We have had so many well wishes, cards, chocolates, tips and flowers throughout the last week.”

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