Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECS to 80360, or email »
Baker happy to live the quiet life after 30 years in the business
6:00pm Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
ONE of Colchester’s last independent bakers has hung up his overalls in search of the quiet life after more than 30 years in the business.
Roger Hance, 60, ran Kathleen’s Kitchen, in Long Wyre Street, for more than 30 years but is now looking forward to retirement.
“It has been a long run sometimes,” said Mr Hance.
“But I wouldn’t change it for the world but now I think I’m going to be able to spend a bit more time with my wife and maybe take a few holidays, which I have never been able to do.”
Mr Hance has been baking since 1968, when he was 16-years-old.
For years, Mr Hance worked ten-hour days between 12am and 10am to make sure the bakery was fully stocked.
He also said the trade has significantly changed since he came to Colchester in 1968.
“When I started there were maybe eight or nine independent bakers in the town but now it is so different and it’s difficult for bakers.
“You have the chain bakeries, not to mention the supermarkets. There were probably only two of them in Colchester when I started.”
Kathleen’s Kitchen has been sold to French baker Olivier Duport, who plans to add a continental taste.
“The name will continue and I hope my loyal customers will still be there as much as they were for me,” added Mr Hance.