A slice of history

Published on : Saturday, May 23, 2015

vtn2pbt1pdjyksvm6uz3A bakery opened during the First World War specifically to feed the Royal Navy squadrons that bunkered at Busta Voe in Shetland is celebrating 100 years of active service.

In 1915, the Voe Bakery became central to the operations of a blockade to prevent merchant ships from neutral countries getting supplies to Germany.

Providing bread – always white unsliced – and ship biscuits, the small but efficient business in Voe quickly became popular with the hundreds of men based on the island and is now celebrating a century in business.

On Saturday 23 May, in the heart of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015, members of the Shetland community will descend on the village of Voe for a day of centenary celebrations to formally mark this momentous day in the island’s history. Activities will involve local schools, community groups and businesses and will include live music, stalls, exhibitions, food and drink.

On Sunday 24 May, a special wreath-laying will take place, followed by a service in the Voe Kirk to remember all those who lost their lives in the Great War.

Voe Bakery was just part of a large thriving centre a hundred years ago which comprised of fishing drifters, knitting and weaving sheds and a carpentry workshop for making boat and farm equipment.

The whole enterprise was owned by the firm T. M. Adie and Sons, probably best known for providing the Shetland Wool jumpers worn by mountaineers Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hillary as they became the first men to conquer Mount Everest in 1953. Descendants of the Adie family will be attending the centenary celebrations.

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