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Civic Week (1929)

A series of images kindly contributed by April Plant and appearing to show the fund-raising “Civic Week” in June 1929.

Visit of Prince George (1929)

A series of wonderful images kindly contributed by April Plant and showing scenes from the royal visit of Prince George on 28th June 1929. A busy visit saw Prince George open an extension of the Power Station, lay the foundation stone for the new Town Hall and open the new Memorial Hospital.

Oundle School Rugby XV (1933)

Two images from 1933 showing the Rugby XV from Oundle School.

Park Road

An early image showing a quiet tree-lined Park Road.

Oundle Cricket Club

An early photo showing Oundle Cricket Club probably from very early 1900s.

Market Place (1905)

A nice 1905 image showing a cobbled Market Place.

Closure of Spires Bakery (2016)

The last Saturday of May 2016 saw the closure of New England’s long standing and much loved Spires Bakery. The Peterborough Telegraph reported ……

Last Saturday saw the last fresh bread and sweet pastries sold at Spires Bros Bakery, the family business which has been operating in Peterborough for 136 years.

Roger Spires is the fourth generation of his family to have run the bakery at the Triangle off Bourges Boulevard in New England, but having started helping out with the business aged five, he is looking forward to finally having a break to enjoy his first holiday.

Roger and wife Lynda (63), who served the customers, now plan to tour Britain with a caravan.

“We are just retiring. I got to 65 and had just had enough,” said Roger, who was born in the flat above the bakery. “I want to do things and I’ve never had a holiday. I’m pleased this is over really, we’ve got past the sadness. But it was difficult to stop – we’ve got a lot of customers. There’s one chap who’s 85, he’s been coming in since he was a little boy.”

Lynda said: “There’s a chap from Whittlesey and one from Hunstanton. Every time he comes to see his grandson he comes in. They all think it’s sad but they understand we need a bit of a life.”

Roger’s life since leaving school has been 4am starts and working Mondays to Saturdays non-stop. “I don’t know what it’s like not working,” he said. “You wonder what it’s going to be like.”

Spires has served the Great Northern Hotel and the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium but changes to the road outside the shop have made business a bit trickier in the past five years. “Before they did this road we had builders queuing up,” said Lynda. Roger added: “It gets increasingly difficult to keep the place going. We used to be incredibly busy.”

Roger said: “We’ve just had some good laughs and some nice customers.” Lynda added: “It’s sad to say goodbye to everybody.”

Sunset over Maxey (1936)

A good effort from the 1936 photographer who captured this lovely sunset over the village of Maxey.

St Peters College Student Magazine

A 1949 front cover of Keynotes, the student magazine of St Peters Teacher Training College.

Market Place in Colour

A lovely colour shot of market place in full bloom – date unknown.