Pacey’s baps are back

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Queues stretched past the shop for the re-opening of A E Pacey and Son Bakery in Spalding on Tuesday morning – but no-one could have been happier to see the business up and running than the owner of Sheddy’s Fish Restaurant next door, Phil Turner.

One of the main things Spalding Guardian readers wanted to know when we announced the re-opening was if the bakery would be supplying Sheddy’s, as it always had done before the previous owner, Richard Pacey, retired.

Oven ready: Phil Turner, who runs Sheddy's Fish Restaurant, with one of the the first batches of baps from Pacey's Bakery to serve to customers. ANL-150128-155550001

Oven ready: Phil Turner, who runs Sheddy's Fish Restaurant, with one of the the first batches of baps from Pacey's Bakery to serve to customers. ANL-150128-155550001

Phil said he was delighted new owners, George and Sharon Tear, had taken the bakery on and hoped the town would get behind them.

He said: “We are also really pleased for Richard Pacey, because he really wanted the business to remain a bakers – and for our customers, too, because they have really been looking forward to this.”

Bakers and staff were in at 3am to get ready for former customers eager to sample the original bread and cake recipes they had craved for ever since the bakery closed last year.

Mum Sarah Griggs, of Spalding, said “The little one is very excited for a sausage roll. I was very sad to see it closing. It’s really nice it’s opening again. We love the bread.”

After lunch, when the counter was almost empty, Sharon took two minutes to sit down on a couch in her refurbished upstairs cafe. She said: “It’s been manic from the first minute we opened the door.

“The bakers have done a brilliant job coming in early to get everything done.

“We are so relieved to have got it open. It’s been brilliant.”