I am writing about Cheetham’s Bake House which was situated in the middle of Ryton Street on the left hand side.
This was owned by Mr William Cheetham who started the business in the 1940s, it was then taken over by his sons Vin, Len and Billy, they also had a sister Maud who was my father’s mother, my grandmother. My grandfather, Maud’s husband was the baker alongside Vin, Len and Billy.
When my father was 13 he passed his exams to go to grammar school, but my grandfather wouldn’t let him go as he had to go into the family business as an apprentice baker. My father always said this was his greatest regret that he never got to go to grammar school as he never wanted to be a baker.