Bakery shops up and down the country were forced to close their businesses last week, as Britain experienced heavy snowfall and dangerous weather conditions.

Many firms took to social media websites on Friday afternoon (18 January) to announce the closure of shops and cancellation of bakery workshops due to take place at the weekend.

It comes as the Met Office issued a red warning for southern regions of Wales on Friday (18 January), in addition to amber alerts for remaining areas of Wales, western England, the Midlands and central and southern England, as well as Northern Ireland.

Ivers Village Bakery in Buckinghamshire, which took to Facebook to announce news of its shop closing for the day, said: “We are closing early today at 2pm. We will be open again tomorrow at the normal time of 7am.”

Warings Bakery in Tilehurst, Reading, also notified its customers and individuals taking part in its workshops through the same social networking site, and said: "Unfortunately we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our breads masterclasses tomorrow morning as the adverse weather conditions are starting to cause problems.

“We also feel it would be irresponsible of us to ask those intending to travel in such conditions when not absolutely necessary. Our sincere appologies and we look forward to welcoming you all on a future date.”

However, Jane Kirkham from Tilgate Bakery told the Crawley and Horsham Observer that business was as normal and they had sold out of bread.

She added: “It has been business as usual today - in fact it has been busier. We have seen more people come in because children are off school and people are off work.”

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