End of the line for popular fishing lake

Facing closure: Managers of the Twin Lakes Cafe, Graham and Linda Cooper, are devastated at news the lakes and cafe are to close
Facing closure: Managers of the Twin Lakes Cafe, Graham and Linda Cooper, are devastated at news the lakes and cafe are to close

A popular fishing venue and cafe in a Chorley village is due to close after bosses say that it is no longer financially viable to keep it open.

Twin Lakes Fishery in Brickcroft Lane has been a regular haunt for fishermen for nearly 30 years but as it’s no longer generating sufficient funds, the owners of the site, Ruttle Plant Hire, have decided to close down the operation.

Graham Cooper, who runs the fishery and cafe with his wife Linda, said: “It’s come as a disappointment but not really a shock as there’s been a decline over the years in the number of people fishing here.

“There are a lot of upset people and we’ve made so many great friends over the years so it will be really hard for us not to be here any more.

“One man was in tears when he heard the news, it’s a real shame.

“I’m past retirement age but I’ll look for some part-time work or even voluntary work as I need to keep busy and Linda will be looking for a job as she’s not due to retire yet.

“We’ve met so many lovely people over the years and would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Keen cyclist 68-year-old Edna Lydiate from Leyland has been visiting the cafe on a weekly basis for more than 20 years to meet up with fellow bikers.

“She said: “We are all very disappointed as we’ve been coming here for so long and it’s like a home from home. Graham and Linda always make us so welcome, when they see us coming they get a cup of tea ready on the table.

“There are lots of us who meet up and it’s the highlight of my week.

“We meet up for a good chat and we enjoy the feeling of belonging.

“We will find somewhere else to meet up but it won’t be the same as it’s a lovely venue, off the road and very peaceful.”

Director of Ruttle Plant Hire, Keith Ruttle, said: “It’s not a decision that has been taken lightly and it is a shame but in the current economic situation it’s not viable.”