Ruffley celebrates 140 years of Palmers' bakery at Haughley

Wednesday, 18 November, 2009

David Ruffley MP visited Palmers (Haughley) Ltd on Friday, 20 November to celebrate the family's 140 years of baking at Haughley.

Palmers have been bakers and confectioners in Haughley since 1869 when the business was founded by William James Palmer. The business is currently run by Kenneth Palmer, assisted by Kieron Palmer.

On the actual day of the 140th anniversary- 4 December- Palmers will be handing out free mince pies to their customers at all their branches.

David said: 'I congratulate Palmers on this great achievement and wish future generations of Palmers similar success. Trading for 140 years in the same village is a testament to the quality of their products and the loyalty of their customers.

'It's great to see traditional skills being passed down through generations of the same family. In an age when so much is mass produced, good quality, local food is something to be valued.

'I am always keen to promote local produce- not only to support our local farmers and shopkeepers but also to cut down on food miles. We are fortunate in Suffolk that there is so much excellent locally produced food.'