150 years in Sheffield bakery trade

Gunstones Baker, Dronfield
Gunstones Baker, Dronfield
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A party is taking place to mark a milestone for one of the Sheffield area’s oldest businesses.

Gunstones Bakery and chilled foods factory in Dronfield, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group manufacturing giant, is toasting 150 years in business by hosting a family fun day.

The event takes place in Cliffe Park, Dronfield, on Saturday, September 14.

Veepul Patel, divisional managing director, said: “We are a very familiar feature on the local landscape and we’re extremely proud of the contribution we have made to the local economy for many many years.

“We’re delighted to be able to share our anniversary with the people of Dronfield and further afield.

“We just wouldn’t have been successful without the dedication of many generations of local people who have made Gunstones such a well respected name in the sector.”

The original company – called William Gunstones and Sons – did not originate in Dronfield, but in Sheffield, with some small shops on The Moor starting out in 1863.

Quickly the business expanded into one of the largest wholesalers in South Yorkshire, supplying UK and international markets with sausages, pork pies and cooked meat including cured bacon.

It wasn’t until after World War One that interests turned to baking bread, confectionary and biscuits, and the first bakery opening in Sheffield in 1925.

The firm finally moved to its current site in Dronfield in 1950.

The site at Gunstones employs more than 1,400 people and was acquired by 2 Sisters from previous owner Northern Foods in April 2011.

In 2013, the company announced 200 new jobs after a surge in demands in sushi and flat breads.

Celebrations at Cliffe Park are from 1pm to 4.30pm and include Man vs Food, fairground, bouncy castles, music, food, face painting, dance and a raffle.