Hobson’s trip down Memory Lane
Did you enjoy a Baker Perkins coach trip to London?
READER Malcolm Beechey’s belief that this photograph of a coach trip showed Baker Perkins employees was backed up by several readers.
Ex Baker Perkins employee Rita Mckenzie said: “The picture is also featured on page 46 of my book ‘A hundred years of Baker Perkins at Westwood Works 1903 to 2003’.
“This was an outing to London with mostly men from the Cutter Shop. My father Eric Bryant is on the left (with glasses) at the front, and his boss Arthur Spink is front right.
“Behind Mr Spink is Mr and Mrs Beechey.”
Alan Rycroft, of Barn Owl Close in Langtoft, identified the same people, and said he would also have been on the coach.
He said: “The coach trip was on its way to London. It was the prize for winning a good housekeeping competition on the shop floor at Baker Perkins.
“We were treated to a meal in London and went to see a show called No No Secretary Bird.
“I can identify Arthur Spink on the front row right, and Eric Bryant on the front row left, and various colleagues on the bus – Hughie Beechey, Nobby Clark, Jim Rouse, Ken Harrison, John Walker, Geoff Payne, Roy Stevenson, John Hyman, Ron Beech, and Don Emblow.
“Unfortunately most of those mentioned are now deceased.”
Julie Elliott picked out some more employees, including her parents and two of their friends.
Julie said: “My father Derrick Clark and his friend Jim Rouse both worked for Baker Perkins.
“My mother (Dorreen) is the second lady on the left of the photo, unfortunately my father is hidden by the man in front.
“Joan and Jim Rouse are sitting behind them.
“I can’t tell you where the coach was headed as I would have been quite young at the time and don’t remember the event, but I would guess it was a sports and social club trip.”