Frank Hughes worked at Stones Bros Bakery from leaving school and worked his way up to being one of their most valued employees and bakers.  

He learnt to drive at the bakery

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Stottiecakes, I see you've got them up there. (in the exhibition) I used to have an oatcake shop inMaybank, I had a guy that travelled up and down to the North East, he'd buy oatcakes from means bring me Stottie cakes in return.

Man at exhibition on 3 May 

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I can remember Pedley's Bakery behind Pedley's Post Office in Smallthorne.  people use to take meat to cook in his oven.

 

Malcolm Barber  20/08/14

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I grew up in Wales and we would have Bara Brith at a funeral with tea and butter.  We had the same thing 20 years ago when my farther died.

Both my mother and my grand mother made their own bread.  My mother would make bara brith every week, my other grand mother would make it on special ocassions .

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They don't make their own anymore (pointing towards Town Bakery in the High St) its Bengrys' or somebodys.

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2014

Well I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne then I went down to Yorkshire and now I'm down here. I've only been down here a couple of years, so when I retired I came down here, my son married a Stoke girl. So I moved down here, I just thought that (BeRo Recipe Book) that brings back a few memories, you know what I mean.

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2014
Be-Ro Recipe Book

They gave me a bread maker, I did it, it came out all wrong, something about the yeast, and the water. It came out like a brick. That's the bread that I threw in the garden and it nearly killed a bird. My Mum made bread, and she used to say you need two loaves for you kids! Oh bread with tomatoes, bacon, lovely dipped in the fat.

June (Thistleberry)

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2014

Oh yes, Yorkshire bread is the best. I married a Yorkshire man and went to live up there, his mother taught me to make bread. She said, "Now you can make bread you are as good as Yorkshire girl", now that was a compliment!

Marie (Newcastle)

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2014

I do loads of baking, I use to make all my own bread when my children were at home, I don't anymore.  When my daughter came home from a year living in America her first meal of choice was an egg and cress sandwich on mums homemade bread.

I work for Total Bakery who make baking equipemnt and sell it all over the world.

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2014

On a Sunday we had the table laid out, pease pudding, Stottie cakes, ham, fruit salad, which you ate with bread in those days. Pease pudding made from split peas, boiled, and then sliced when it's cold. My family came down from the N East with the mining, Stottie cakes, me Dad loved them, and liked them with best butter on.

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2014

Apparently our flat in Wolstanton combined with two neighbours buildings used to  be a bakery. It's Chetwynd St. There's a big house on the corner, a hairdressers and the flat behind, opposite St Margarets' Church. It was the hairdresser who told  me. Apparently her shop was the oven, there's a big chimney on top.

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2014

Bread now is full of water, I have a slice of toast from supermarket bread.  When you've toasted it it's gone down so little.

 

Sarah Aldridge  19/08/14

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2014

I bought him a breadmaker he didn't use it for awhile, now he doesn't like any other bread now. He used to make bread, we've still got the big bowls he used. It must be ten years ago and then I think he gave up because I wouldn't eat his bread, it was too dense, you now what I mean. He's varied it from time to time, he gets an ingredient he likes and keeps at that.

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2014

My husband works for one of the bakeries at Trent Vale, Mr Kipling. They have bread brought into the factory to help out with ingredients, he's an electrician. Well it's actually the main companies called Premier Foods and the different areas have different names, so this one in Trent Vale is called Manor Bakeries.

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2014

" I bought a supermarket loaf yesterday. I don't know what they put in it. I read the label, you know, it was like the Gettisburg address.

All I put on mine is flour, water, salt, yeast and a drop of olive oil ."

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2014

I've always enjoyed cooking and have tried baking bread.  About 4 or 5 years agos I got a book on 'leven' breads and using wild yeasts.  Since then I've been making my own bread and the taste of it is just phenomenal.  Supermarket bread just doesn't come close to it, I also think it's a healthier bread.

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2014

I make my own pizza bases with all proper fresh ingredients, stretch 'em out to any shape, not round.  They're just the nicest pizza I've ever tasted.

 

Aiden Herrick  16/08/14

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2011

After I left University I had a few temping jobs.  One of these was a bread taster at Allied Bakeries on the A34.  My job was to collect samples of bread from the production line and leave them on shelves and watch them go mouldy over 4 days.

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2000

We always have pizza on a saturday night and about 15 years ago I decided to try and make them myself.  That got me making bread dough, so a couple of years ago I started making my own bread.  i enjoy making it, it's such a lovely thing to do.  I tend to make simple bread and rolls.

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1999

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