THE closure of a popular town centre cafe has been met with sadness.

Bosses from the Mad Hatters Team Room in Ulverston have announced the cafe will not reopen its doors following the coronavirus crisis.

In a post on the cafe’s Facebook page, owners said the cafe had ‘not survived’ the pandemic and would close after 10 years of trading.

They said the decision to close had been taken with a ‘heavy heart’.

Councillors in the town lamented the closure of the Market Street tea room

Ulverston councillor Dave Webster said: “Any business closing is terrible news.

“That cafe’s being going quite a while as well.

“I have always seen people in there.

“When I’ve been in there for tea there has always been a pleasant atmosphere.”

The mayor of Ulverston, Sharon Webster, was saddened to hear of the closure and expressed concern about how other traders in the town .

She said: “It’s really sad.

“I do hope the businesses are OK and they are able to get through.

“It’s going to take a long time to recover but we are doing everything we can to help them.”

The mayor said her efforts over the last weeks had involved discussing how businesses could safely reopen.

The cafe has been put for sale for offers in the region of £200,000.

A listing by estate agent Corrie and Co said: “This is a deceptive, freehold, terraced retail shop with three stories.

“It also has an office/store area on separate first floor level with access at the rear of the property.

“This is a rare and valuable premises located in the heart of Ulverston town centre.”

A number of businesses in the town have now reopen following the lockdown period.

Many of Ulverston's restaurants and cafes have also now signed up to Ulverston Eats, a takeaway delivery app.

Another shop in the town, The Herbalist on Upper Brook Street, announced in June that it would move online.