A LONG-standing caravan business in Bradford has closed its doors. 

It’s understood the family-run Dickinson Caravans, which has a prominent site on Canal Road, ceased trading last Thursday. 

On the firm’s Facebook page, a customer who had a caravan booked in for a service this week received the text message: “With regret we have to inform you Dickinson Caravans Ltd ceased trading on 30/01/2020.

“Unfortunately we will not be able to service your caravan very sorry for any inconvenience.”

Nothing further is known about the closure at this point. 

There is no indication on Companies House or The Gazette, which holds official public records, as to what future it faces. 

The Telegraph & Argus has made a number of attempts to contact the firm, which has been open since the 1970s, for further information. 

Its website also appears to be down and the message ‘Service Temporarily Unavailable’ appears.

When the Telegraph & Argus visited the site today, the gates were closed up and the lights of the main building were switched off.
Silver tape was also placed in a cross over a board displaying the firm’s opening times. 

According to its Facebook page, the dealership began life in 1976 by Bert, June and Alan Dickinson “and has grown over the years to become the thriving successful business that it is today”. 

Posts were made on Facebook until January 15, the last of which said: “Grab a deal before the start of the season on the last few of our 2019 stock. Prices are also negotiable on all our brand new 2020 caravans.”

Earlier posts showed no sign of what was to come. A post on New Year’s Eve said: “Happy New Year to all our customers new and old and thanks for all your support.

“We wish you all the very best for 2020 and look forward to helping in your future caravanning adventures next year.”

It appears the firm has not replied to people who have commented on its Facebook page.

One person said they had been trying to call “all day” on Friday but couldn’t get through. 

It’s understood that some members of staff had worked there for many years. 

Gerry Marks wrote on the Telegraph & Argus Facebook page: “That’s sad long established Bradford business gone. Let’s hope it’s not turned into a car wash.”

Sharon Hird added: “Very very sad. Long time established company. 
“Years of experience in the industry. Superb staff. So sorry it came to this.”

Becky Davey said: “Think of all the poor staff that are without a job after 10-20+ years of service...!”