Hob­son’s trip down Mem­ory Lane

Did you en­joy a Baker Perkins coach trip to London?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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.”

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