Nantwich-based bakery Chatwins is staging a series of events to celebrate its 100th anniversary this month.
To mark the centenary, Cheshire’s oldest bakery has created special window displays, dressed staff in period costumes and, in each shop, has given 100 customers a special 100-year cupcake.
During the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival Trevor Mooney, Chatwins production director and a former BIA Baker of the Year, staged pork pie-making demonstrations, and balloons were given to local schoolchildren.
On 28 September, Edward Chatwin, chairman and managing director, will cycle to every shop, a total of 130 miles, to raise money for the St Lukes Hospice appeal.
Over 250 staff will attend a celebration party at Nantwich Civic Hall, and a special book will be produced, taking a nostalgic look at the history of the company through archived pictures.
The bakery has more than 20 shops and coffee lounges across Cheshire and Staffordshire, and employs more than 300 bakers and shop staff.
Founded in September 1913, Chatwin continues the family tradition launched by his great grandfather, John Chatwin, who set up a small bakery in some converted cottages.
Speaking to British Baker, he said: “It’s great to be part of a business that is so highly regarded. Our mission is simple. We want customers to enjoy every mouthful of their Chatwins’ purchase, which is why we rigorously maintain standards and quality.”