British Rail’s football team pictured at some point during the 1950s.
Track workers pictured around 1910 with the Midland & Great Northern Railway flyover in the background on the site of what would today be the A47 Soke parkway rail bridge.
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.”
Very few Peterborians would not be familiar with the name or services of Peterborough born chemist Graham Young.
Born in 1942, Graham ran his chemist store on Lincoln Road, New England from the early 1970s through to his untimely death after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2003.
His chemists was officially open seven days a week from 9am – 5pm but all his regulars knew of the back door entrance and accompanying door bell where Graham would provide an out of hours service to anybody looking for help. This 24/7 service operated 365 days a year throughout his 30 years in business.
His original premises continued operating through to 2010 when it was closed for a major refurbishment, opening the following year as part of a major medical hub albeit the pharmaceutical wing remains under the name of Graham Young in memory of one of the city’s true legends.