Since starting work
on this site I have discovered a wonderful book
First Food Empire'
written by Peter Bird who was himself a Lyons man
for 25 years.
Peter has very
kindly agreed to collaborate and provide the
historical text from the wealth of knowledge he
gathered over the six years of research in
preparation for the book. However, the web site
will still contain only a tiny fraction of the
information that is available in the book.
I am also going to
include a number of first hand personal accouts
about working at Lyons. These will be found in
the Home page. I have started with a few memories
of my own. If you are an ex-Lyons person - in
whatever capacity - and would like to contribute
please e-mail me at email@example.com
and give your e-mail a subject line of 'J.Lyons' to
ensure it is read. All included contributions will
of course be credited.
The owner of this
web site worked for J. Lyons & Co. for 26 years
(1948 - 1975) in both the Teashops and Lyons
Bakery, and was rather surprised that no web site
appeared to exist for the company, other than the
excellent one for Leo Computers.
My name is
joined Lyons as a 20 year old draughtsman in the
New Teashop Works Department, located at 139
Hammersmith Road just opposite Cadby Hall, moving
on to R & D Supervisor and finally to a
Maintenance Supervisor until the downturn in the
Teashops finances and then moved over to Lyons
Bakery where I was a Process Engineer, R & D
Engineer and finally a Project Engineer, planning
and installing new product lines in several Lyons
Bakery plants. I left Lyons in 1975 to become
freelance but continued to handle some projects for
If any web site
visitor knew me in those far off days I hope they
will contact me.