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17 lost photos show Liverpool Sayers workers through the decades

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Nov 19, 2023

17 lost photos show Liverpool Sayers workers through the decades

Unseen photos unearthed from our archives

A Japanese television company is looking for budding scouse songsters to star in a tourism film. Tokyo's channel 12 is coming to the city to test the vocal chords of Merseyside's at work. They are making a documentary about singing workers in England. Film makers had requested shots of bakers singing while they cooked so the Echo sent them to Sayers main bakery in Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green. There they met baker Dave Clayton who likes to entertain his fellow staff and backing group Mary Thorne, Pat Ledden, Carol Riley and Nora Morrey. October 23, 1995
A Japanese television company is looking for budding scouse songsters to star in a tourism film. Tokyo's channel 12 is coming to the city to test the vocal chords of Merseyside's at work. They are making a documentary about singing workers in England. Film makers had requested shots of bakers singing while they cooked so the Echo sent them to Sayers main bakery in Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green. There they met baker Dave Clayton who likes to entertain his fellow staff and backing group Mary Thorne, Pat Ledden, Carol Riley and Nora Morrey. October 23, 1995

If you grew up in Merseyside, you've most likely been to a local Sayers store

Over a century ago in 1912, Fred and Lylian Sayer started selling baked products from a basement kitchen on Prescot Road, Old Swan. From its humble beginnings in the city, today customers can enjoy everything from cakes, sandwiches, soups or other bakery products from Sayers.

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Production later moved to County Road, Walton, in 1922 before increasing demand saw Sayers move to a larger bakery in Aintree Road, Bootle in 1925. By the early 1930s, another expansion saw Sayers moved to a purpose-built baker in Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green, which went into liquidation and closed in the 00s.

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Sayers remained a family run business until 1977 when it was sold to United Biscuits and later in 1990 was bought by Warburtons. Six years later, in 1996, Warburtons sold its bakers stores to Lyndale Foods and the following year the family was expanded further when the Annes Shops chain of shops were bought from Roberts Bakery in 1997.

For decades, many generations have worked at the now lost Lorenzo Drive site, as well as shops across Merseyside. And these photographs offer a glimpse into the past and those who have worked at Sayers.

Courtesy of our archives, Mirrorpix, as well as Liverpool ECHO photographers past and present – these photos will stir some memories. Many of them have been unseen for years and were only recently rediscovered by our archives team.

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  1. A delivery van through the picket line outside Sayers. April 12, 1976

    A delivery van through the picket line outside Sayers. April 12, 1976

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  2. Staff from the Sayers shop at Williamson Square, Liverpool. L-R Kathy Fleetwood, Julie Pennington, Deborah Turner. September 23, 1991

    Staff from the Sayers shop at Williamson Square, Liverpool. L-R Kathy Fleetwood, Julie Pennington, Deborah Turner. September 23, 1991

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  3. A Japanese television company is looking for budding scouse songsters to star in a tourism film. Tokyo's channel 12 is coming to the city to test the vocal chords of Merseyside's at work. They are making a documentary about singing workers in England. Film makers had requested shots of bakers singing while they cooked so the Echo sent them to Sayers main bakery in Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green. There they met baker Dave Clayton who likes to entertain his fellow staff and backing group Mary Thorne, Pat Ledden, Carol Riley and Nora Morrey. October 23, 1995

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  4. A Japanese television company is looking for budding scouse songsters to star in a tourism film. Tokyo's channel 12 is coming to the city to test the vocal chords of Merseyside's at work. They are making a documentary about singing workers in England. Film makers had requested shots of bakers singing while they cooked so the Echo sent them to Sayers main bakery in Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green. There they met baker Dave Clayton who likes to entertain his fellow staff and backing group Mary Thorne, Pat Ledden, Carol Riley and Nora Morrey. October 23, 1995

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  5. Jackie Ormisher manager of Sayers in Williamson Square, Liverpool, with her hands full of mince pies, 1999

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  1. Sayers the bakers on Wavertree Road, 2002

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  2. Workers march past the Sayers factory on Lorenzo Drive, Norris Green, 00s

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  3. Workers from Sayers factory, Norris Green walk out as the company goes into liquidation. 00s

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  4. A worker comforts after being told to leave the Sayers factory, Norris Green after it goes into liquidation. 00s

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  1. Sayers staff outside the Norris Green site, 00s

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  2. Workers outside the Sayers factory, Norris Green, after it went into liquidation

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  3. Long serving employees of Sayers outside the Norris Green site ..From left. Tommy Jackson, 42 years service, Lilly Connolly, 40 years service, and Tommy Craig, 32 years service

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  4. Security lock the gates of the Sayers factory, Norris Green after it goes into liquidation

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  1. Emma McCormick of Sayers in Lord Street Liverpool and hot cross buns ready for Easter

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  2. Emma McCormick, with a tray of American Election dinky cakes produced by Sayers Bakery, red ones for McCain, and Blue ones for Obama, 00s

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  3. Breakfast at Sayers, Lord Street, Liverpool, February 3, 2010. Keely Palin, 25, from Sayers The Bakers, was treated to breakfast in bed on Wednesday morning after her work colleagues found out that she had never had breakfast in bed before and for all her hard work over the last six years

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  4. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Alder Hey Hospital to officially open the new facility. Sayers Birthday cake for Queen Elizabeth, 2016

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