Yesterday a huge fire fire broke out at Warburton s bakery and over 100 employees had to be evacuated from one of Bolton's long-standing company's.
There are 3 main buildings on the site and the fire is believed to have started in one of the ovens on the production line of the firms new brand of crisps.
The company was founded in Bolton in 1876 and their Bolton site is the oldest bakery in their fleet. This site was due a £36 miliion pound investment to enabe them to diversify into other production categories.
The firm which has 14 national sites has done all it can to make sure there is not a bread shortage locally and called on all its distributors across the UK to bring bread to the Northwest.
It was reported that fire-fighters were on site for several hours, making sure that the fire was completely out. There were no injuries from this incident.
Warburtons is a great Bolton institution known and loved by locals. Who could be without their toastie loaf and who remembers thick and thin? Where half the loaf was thick bread and half thin!
Being such a long standing company, Warburton s bakery gets its fair share of celebrity visitors. I remember Margaret Thatcher coming to visit the bakery when i was a young girl and more recently they have had visits from David Cameron and The Queen and Prince Philip.
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