Posts Tagged ‘Princess Anne’

In the jam factory

August 30, 2015

Back in 1985 the Easterton jam factory – Samuel Moore Foods – was in the throes of expansion. It was quite a large rural employer and perhaps that is why the factory was able to get one of the leading royals to officially open an extension to the factory.

It was Princess Anne who came to do the honours. The children from St Barnabas School went to be part of the cheering crowd and Easterton was very much ‘en fête’ for the day.

We suspect it was a worker at the factory who captured the photo below.

Princess Anne is shown round the jam factory on 30th April 1985

Princess Anne is shown round the jam factory on 30th April 1985

It isn’t clear that the Princess is in the photo – she’s in the group of three wearing a very white peaked cap. But apart from HRH, we see a glimpse of the interior of the factory when it was working.

Not being commercial jam makers we have no idea what the machines were, but huge ‘cooker hoods’ on the right presumably caught steam/fumes and sucked it all to the outside world. Presumably they are boilers, for cooking the jam, underneath them. The worker at bottom right appears to be stirring a vat of fruit.

The jam factory is now but a memory, completely swept into oblivion. It won’t be long before the first houses built on the site are occupied

A Royal Visit – 30th April 1985

December 29, 2010

Some newspaper cuttings form another Christmas present received by Market Lavington Museum. They recall a visit made to the Easterton Jam Factory by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne or, as she was then, Mrs Mark Phillips.

The news cuttings, perhaps tell us more about the papers than the actual visit.

This was how the Daily Telegraph reported the visit in their 1st May 1985 edition.

Daily Telegraph reports Anne's visit to the Easterton Jam Factory in 1985

Interesting! It is the Guardian with the reputation for misprints but it seems the Telegraph failed here as well.

The Sun, for the same day, took the opportunity to get a photo of Anne in a silly hat.

Princess Anne is at Easterton and the cutting is now at Market Lavington Museum

The Sun couldn’t get its geography right for of course, the jam factory was never in Devizes.

The Western Daily Express is a regional paper and has more detail, and some awful misprints. The article has been broken into pieces to fit the blog format.

Western Daily Press photos of Princess Anne's visit to Easterton Jam Factory

A local youngster chosen to present a bouquet to the visiting princess.

The article in the Western Daily Press

We’d like to make it clear that the local children gave the princess a warM welcome.

These are lovely items to have in the museum but the local papers probably gave bigger coverage to this story. Has anyone got copies of them? They’d make a great late Christmas present for the museum.