The Christmas lights in Shaftesbury will be turned on by a local celebrity tonight. Carl Barlow played the baker's boy who pushed his bike up Gold Hill in the iconic Hovis advert 40 years ago. For the first time ever, the hill will be lit up as part of the celebrations.
The Dorset house made famous in the Hovis advert has been sold at auction for considerably more than expected
The estate agent described the single storey home on Shaftesbury's Gold Hill as needing some attention but this afternoon it sold for £317,000
Announcing plans to cut 900 jobs, including the closure of its distribution site in Plymouth, Premier Foods, the owner of Hovis said appropriate consultations with employees affected and their representatives will begin in the coming days.
The company has said the charges associated with the proposals are expected to be approximately £28 million but expects to recover that through site disposals, reduced working capital requirements and lower capital expenditure.
Commenting on the proposals, Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Foods said:
The Owner of Hovis, Premier Foods has announced plans to close its distribution site in Plymouth. The closure is part of wider plans to cut 900 jobs to revive the struggling bread business and is expceted to take place sometime next year.
- The biggest impact will be felt in Birmingham, with 511 jobs lost
- Operations at Greenford in west London will end with 196 jobs lost
- Distribution sites at Plymouth and Mendlesham in Suffolk will also close with 95 jobs lost