Kistrucks Bakery had three branches, in Chigwell, Woodford and South Woodford. The firm was started 65 years ago and the owner, Chris Tompkins, has been running the South Woodford branch since 1978. The Chigwell shop closed a year ago and now he’s decided to close the other two outlets, making the staff redundant.
Andy Popperwell spoke to two of the staff from the South Woodford bakery about what it’s been like working there. Paula has worked at Kistrucks for 17 years. Jacqueline Sheridan has worked at Kistrucks for 3½ years, occasionally at their Woodford branch.
Interviews recorded on a Zoom H6 in the busy shop – hence the background noise. Edited in Adobe Audition.