Interviewer: Hilary Hughes
Permission given to use interview for website, exhibition and Staffordshire archive: YES
Question asked “What do you remember about bread or bread baking”.
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. I mean like I say, me Mam used to make her own bread, there was five of us and you know it was brilliant. Like I say I still have her BeRo book and I'd never part with it or anything like that.
Oh first thing in the morning, getting up, that first thing in the morning, well that's what woke you up, the smell. She was up early, the fire was on in the winter. It was a happy childhood, sometimes it was hard, a hard life for her really, but it was good.
Oh yes I like to bake. I don't do now 'cos I'm by meself, I do bake and give to the family. But bread I always used to like to do my own bread. Well I don't follow recipes, I use them as a guide sort of thing you know. I used to make me white bread buns, mainly bread buns and the odd brown loaf. I could never get me texture right with the brown bread I don't know why. Things are different now, the flours are more refiner, the yeast, the yeast and things like that are all brought up to date you don't have soak it and things like that. Actually me Mam wasn't much of a baker but she taught me and me sister to bake and we turned out quite well bakers, you know what I mean.
But it was always the BeRo book, the BeRo book was out. Like I say I've got it and I wouldn't part with it you now. It's funny when I saw it I thought, God that brings back memories. That's all there was really, the BeRo book, that was me Mams' bible.