Heckmondwike travel agent now staying put

A travel shop that was threatened with closure has been taken over as an independent business.

Co-op Travel, in Northgate, Heckmondwike, was to be closed under plans by owners Thomas Cook.

Customers wrote to Thomas Cook to urge the company to keep it open, and Heckmondwike councillor Steve Hall (Lab) started a petition.

Despite their efforts, Thomas Cook carried on with its closure plans.

But now managerKatie Battye has taken over the shop and is reopening it as an independent travel agent.

She said: “The support gave me the courage to think people needed a travel agent in Heckmondwike.

“We are opening as Total Travel on Monday and as we are independent it opens up a lot more choice.

“I am really excited – it’s a dream come true –but I am nervous as well!

“I would like all my customers to stick with me.”

Katie said she had kept all her staff on and was hoping to take on an apprentice too.

And she said customers had been unhappy the contact number was a premium line, so she had introduced a local phone number.

Contact 01924 402626.