17th November 2017

How We Started

In 1969 John and Sheena Trotter set up business as Belford Home Bakery in the village of Belford, Northumberland. With previous bakery experience from working for "Brysons of Berwick", and help from some of his colleagues Jack Railston and King Abercrombie, John set about producing excellent home bakery products.

 

John and Sheena had already started their family, and had two boys, Graeme, 6 and Hylton, 3. As well as bringing up a family, and running a house, Sheena took lessons in cake decoration at Newcastle College of Art & Technology and passed with distinction.

 

The bakery went from strength to strength and John was always looking to expand whether it be wholesale or retail. It was here when John and Sheena opened up their second shop in Alnwick in Bondgate Within.

 

Expansion

Later, an opportunity arose for John to purchase a business in Newcastle, on Baxter Avenue, Fenham. This must have put considerable stress on John and Sheena at the time, as John tried to run both bakeries despite being 60 miles apart. The added stress of running both bakeries resulted in John selling Belford Home Bakery, to a family from Camberley, Surrey. phil is here

 

The Trotter family then moved to a house in Loansdene in Morpeth, and John and Sheena worked in Fenham, while still keeping their shop in Alnwick. Their oldest son Graeme continued his schooling at Seahouses, lodging with the Kinghorn family and with his friend Philip Athey and his father Jimmy. After Graeme finished school, John and Sheena decided to sell the business in Newcastle and move their business to the Broad Road Industrial Estate in Seahouses, as Graeme was reluctant to move and work in Newcastle.

 

It was at this point that John decided upon having the bakery and shop in Seahouses, a shop in Alnwick and looking for a small amount of wholesale business locally. Graeme undertook a full time bakery and confectionery course and then taught for two years in the art of cake decoration.

 

A Severe Setback

During this time, Trotters Family Bakers was growing all the time, with shops opening all over North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The most recent shop to open was in Duns, a task overseen by John himself, however only 3 weeks after its opening, the Trotter Family were dealt a severe set back when John became severely ill.

 

The family were told to expect the worst, but with some fantastic work from Dr Bashir and the staff at Newcastle General Hospital, John made it through but was unable to help in the day-to-day running of the business.

 

With the help of her sons Graeme and Hylton, Sheena carried on the business until Johns death in 2000. Before his death, John wanted to know that everything was in hand, and Hylton decided to leave the business to pursue other interests.

 

Three Generations of Family Baking

The next phase of the business saw it being run by Graeme, his wife Deborah and his youngest son Nathan. Deborah initially joined Trotters as a saturday girl in 1976, and later trained as a confectioner at Newcastle.

 

In 2006 Nathan joined the business, becoming the 3rd generation of the family to join. Nathan has his diplomas with the Scottish Association of Master Bakers. and is now training with the Scottish Association of Master Bakers to gain his diplomas.

 

Special Thanks

Over the years, Trotters Family Bakers have won many awards for their products and recipes, which helped start the business, and are still used today. I would like to say a very big thankyou to my parents John and Sheena for all the amazing work that they have done, and also to our many loyal staff who have made Trotters Family Bakers what it is today.

 

regards,

 

Graeme Trotter

 

 

John and Sheena Trotter

John and Sheena Trotter

 

Graeme (aged 4)

Graeme Trotter (aged 4)

 

 

Nathan playing for Newcastle Falcons

Nathan Trotter playing for
Newcastle Falcons Academy