A Bradford district wedding cake shop is to shut after 23 years due to a huge increase in bills.

Personal Ice, of North Street in Keighley, will close this autumn.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, owner Joanne Smith-Travers detailed how her electricity bills have gone up from £250pcm to £600pcm.

Mrs Smith-Travers also cited a "dramatic fall" in shop sales as another reason for the closure.

It comes after the business managed to survive the pandemic but the cost of living crisis proved to be the final straw.

"It is devastating and difficult to talk about," Mrs Smith-Travers said.

"We managed to get through Covid due to the Government grant.

"We got over that hurdle and then we were met with the energy crisis which eventually pushed us over the edge.

Keighley News: Personal Ice has been in Keighley for decadesPersonal Ice has been in Keighley for decades (Image: Newsquest)

"It was just not achievable. There are not enough hours in the day. I can't afford to pay another member of staff."

Mrs Smith-Travers understands people have different priorities during the cost of living crisis.

She added: "When I told the customers they were really shocked.

"People have not got the money, the priority is to put food on the table.

"Buying a wedding cake is more of a luxury, not a necessity.

"Some people have just not got the disposable income."

The cake shop owner took to the business' Facebook page to thank all her customers down the years.

Mrs Smith-Travers said the shop will have lots of great offers before it closes its doors. 

The emotional post read: "We are closing after 23 years in Keighley, beaten by rising costs and dramatically falling shop sales due to the internet.

"The shop has been our life and our customers our friends.

"Geoff (Joanne's husband) will be forced to retire after 60 years of work.

"Jo will be redundant and heartbroken. She will rise again but cake-making will end."

It added: "The shop will remain stocked with basics and all around are loads of great offers for the enthusiast.

"Look out for our closing sale.

"We will be closed from September 18 for a week while we regroup for the final run-in. 

"Thanks for reading and thank you to all our regular customers."