Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Michelle Swift

Chris Twigg

Date: 13/05/14

Location: Newcastle-Under-Lyme

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”.

My husband works for one of the bakeries at Trent Vale, Mr Kipling. They have bread brought into the factory to help out with ingredients, he's an electrician. Well it's actually the main companies called Premier Foods and the different areas have different names, so this one in Trent Vale is called Manor Bakeries.

I must admit as you go along, come off Parkhouse Industrial Estate, as you are coming along the A34 there's the bread factory as you are coming into Chesterton (Embreys), oh the smell from there is just amazing as you are coming into Chesterton. It makes your mouth water. I'm terrible for bread I am. I had to change my bread, 'cos I eat much, I just love it. I had to change I was eating that much I putting weight on with it, so they advised me to change the bread to something a bit more healthier. I have a wholegrain 'cos I can't eat wholemeal it makes me really stodgy so I have have wholegrain. I get it from Tescos' and it's only Tesco that does it. It's £1.35 a loaf, a large loaf and it's only seventy one calories per slice. So yes I love it. I've always been brought up to have bread with every meal. My children will say to you, if I sit down at the table without bread, "Mum are you feeling alright?" "Why" "You have no bread" I think it's one of those gestures, that it filled you up as well so that you didn't have to eat so much of the main meal. They couldn't afford it years ago, really, so they had to stodge everybody up eating bread.

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