Readers go down memory lane over cake factory
READERS have been sharing their memories about a former cake bakery in Clevedon.
Earlier this month the Mercury printed a postcard of proud workers from Hales Cakes about to join the carnival procession in 1937.
Postcard of Hales Cake Factory in Clevedon
It was sent to us by Brian Clement, of Westfield Road, Backwell, who said he recognised the woman on the far right as being a Polly Parsons.
He said: "I think she married a man from Nailsea.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
"There was a bus driver who used to go all round picking up and dropping off the workers from the factory."
Hales Cake Factory, which was situated near Clevedon Road, and famed for its Swiss rolls, closed in 1988 and is now occupied by HBoS.
Bill Bryant, of Clevedon, said he was able to identify all the women in the photograph.
He said: "They are Marion Coles, Kathleen Hollyman, Doupy Reed and Phylis Ainsworth.
"Phylis was my stepsister.
"We had the same mother but Phylis's father was killed in Ypres in 1917 without seeing his daughter."
"The boy looking through the van window I believe to be the young son of owner Mr Frank Hale, but his name escapes me."
Jean Watts, also of Clevedon, said she had fond memories of working at the factory.
She said: "I started working at Hales in 1947 and was there for 42 years, 30 of those being a supervisor.
"I made everything from pastries and sausage rolls to Eccles cakes.
"I moved from department to department but my favourite was the Battenberg department.
"Originally, the factory had just a packing area, but I was saw the extension built as it expanded.
"When I got married on June 17, 1950, Mrs Hale came to my wedding and her daughter Mary's husband Avery Toogood drove me to St John's Church in a black Daimler.
"It was a very social place, we had a committee and held lots of different events, including a skittles knockout competition."
Do you have any photographs that bring back fond memories for you? If so then the Mercury wants to hear from you. Contact Trudi Bird on 01275 335122 or drop into the editorial offices in Albert Road, Clevedon.