December 13 2013 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Monday, October 14, 2013
It’s all change at a long-established Cromer bakery where one couple will be loafing around more in future while another is looking forward to a new role.
Peter and Alison Williams have retired from Bond Street Bakery but the business will carry on under the ownership of Paul Thomas and Laura Whyte.
For baker Mr Williams, 77, it means no more arriving for work at 2.30am six days a week – after 36 years.
“It must be one of the few businesses in Cromer still going after such a length of time,” said Mrs Williams, 67, who retired from teaching at Blakeney Primary School to help with the bakery.
“I shall be glad to see more of my husband in future,” she added.
The couple, from Thorpe Market, have no particular plans for their retirement but are looking forward to making them.
They have passed on their recipes and know-how to Mr Thomas and Miss Whyte, both 30, who have run Huckleberries Café, in Cromer’s Church Street, for the past three-and-a-half years and wanted to expand.
Mr Williams said he had seen a growing trend towards multi-seeded loaves among health-conscious customers in recent years but white bread was still twice as popular as any other variety.
There were hugs, queues, flowers and tears on Saturday as loyal customers dropped in to buy goodies and wish Mr and Mrs Williams well.
Mr Thomas and Miss Whyte, who will marry in March, plan to reopen the bakery later this month, and the associated Best Bites sandwich shop on Garden Street.
Initially, about half of the goods will be baked by Mr Thomas’ father, Mervyn Thomas, who owns The Craft Bakery in Sheringham High Street.
Son Paul will bake the rest in the Bond Street business, gradually adding to his capacity.
“We’ll be keeping a lot of popular lines and adding some new ones,” said Miss Whyte. “We want to keep all the customers and still be going in another 36 years.”