Mince pie orders for Christmas 2015 can be taken shortly – now a much-loved Spalding bakery is re-opening.
Residents were devastated when the family business AE Pacey and Son Bakery in Red Lion Street closed in August after serving the community with bread and cakes for nearly 100 years.
It, and the four-bedroom property next door, had been on the market for 18 months when Richard and Eileen Pacey retired – and the original steam tube oven doors finally closed for them and their seven loyal staff.
But one local couple, George and Sharon Tear, have been determined to keep the traditions alive.
It will be a completely new venture for George, who works in logistics, and hairdresser Sharon, but they have two vital ingredients for success.
Sharon said: “We are very excited. This is something completely new for us but Richard’s baker, Ian Waters, is coming back to us and we have all the original recipes.
“We want to keep all the traditional values and add a modern twist.”
It is hoped the bakery will re-open early in the new year, maintaining its original name and, of course, the traditional oven which Richard used to bake more than 1,000 items on a weekday, and triple that number on a Saturday.
Sharon said: “When we heard the bakery was closing we thought ‘it just can’t’. I’ve a friend who was so gutted she ate four cream doughnuts!
”Back in October, I put something up on Facebook to see what support there was out there for it to be re-opened and there were 4,500 likes in 24 hours.”
Getting things sorted has taken time because of the age of the property. Sharon said: “We had to have structural surveys, but we are now ready to go for it.
“We know this is something we can take a pride in.
“Ian is really excited to be coming back – we wouldn’t have persued it if he hadn’t said he would join us.”
Yesterday, Mr Pacey, who attended our photo shoot with his wife, said: “I’m delighted for Sharon and George. It means a lot that our name will still be above the door and the traditions continued.
“And I will be back - just to help them get up and running over the first few days.”