We also had a second shop in Halstead for about 20 years, down in Bridge Street. This closed in 1998 as we wanted to concentrate on our High Street shop completely, where we still trade today.
Due to the continued success of Hume's Bakery, and popularity amongst his peers, in 1990, Dennis was chosen to be the National President of the National Association of Master Bakers, and served one year in this role, and even went to Athens to represent the association.
More recently, during our 50th year, we were honoured to be awarded Essex Baker of Year in 2010, voted by our loyal customers.
The bakery is now run by Ann and Dennis' children, Adrian, Wendy and Judith, and even three generations later, the desire for quality remains
Nearly 60 years ago, on 1st April, Dennis, along with his Mum and Dad purchased our current Halstead shop.
The loan of £5,000 was paid off completely by simply NOT taking the £5 deposit charged on the empty Hessian sacks the flour had been delivered in.
Ann joined the 'Humes' two years later when she and Dennis were married. They had worked together previously for a Baker in Frinton-on-Sea. In those days, the flour millers didn't like to see small shops closing, so a year later, Ann and Dennis went onto run a small shop in Haverhill, Suffolk, from our Halstead shop.
A very old photo of Hume's Bakery back in the 60s!