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Kettle has been on for 40 years at Pontefract Bus Station

Cllr Keith Wakefield with Yvonne and Nigel Nigel and Yvonne Callaghan have recently celebrated their 40th anniversary as owners of the Coffee Shop Café at Pontefract Bus Station. During this time they calculate they have served around 5 million customers, used 900,000 pints of milk and baked over 3 million bread-cakes.

And with around a thousand passengers using Pontefract Bus Station every hour, the kettle is always on the boil.  

Nigel said:

 “When we first opened in 1975, about 80% of our customers wanted a cup of tea, which cost 6p, while around 20% would go for a 7p cup of coffee! Today there has been a reversal with our customers now asking for early morning Lattes, Cappuccinos or Americanos and only 20% wanting a traditional cup of tea.”

“It does involve long hours, and I guess between us, Yvonne and I have over 260,000 between. However hearing customers telling us how much they enjoy calling in makes it all worthwhile.”

Nigel and Yvonne have also contributed to the various community days held in Pontefract Bus Station which have raised over £10,000 for the Prince of Wales Hospice.

Presenting Nigel and Yvonne with a framed photograph of the cafe, Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:

“I want to congratulate Nigel and Yvonne on 40 years of first class service.

“Thanks to their hard work and the warm welcome everyone receives from Nigel and Yvonne, the Coffee Shop Café has become an institution at Pontefract Bus Station.

“Along with manager Liam and his team, they do a sterling job looking after the hundreds of thousands of passengers that use our Pontefract Bus Station every year and they always play an active role in the fundraising community days.”

Pontefract Bus Station is used by over 4 million passengers every year. As well as the Coffee Shop Café it also has a newsagent and provides baby changing facilities, cash machines, gents, ladies and disabled toilets, an Information Help Point, photo booth and public telephones.

 

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