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Hughes Electrical 100th anniversary tour makes first Suffolk stop in Bury St Edmunds




Suffolk electrical company Hughes is marking 100 years of business, with its celebratory vintage van tour having made its first stop in the county today.

Hughes was founded in Lowestoft in 1921 by First World War hero Frank Hughes, who trained as an engineer when he returned to Suffolk after serving on the western front.

Frank bought his first shop in 1928 and expanded beyond the coastal town in the 1950s, opening stores throughout Suffolk and surrounding counties.

Robert Hughes, chairman of Hughes Electrical. Picture: Hughes
Robert Hughes, chairman of Hughes Electrical. Picture: Hughes

The company is celebrating its anniversary by visiting their 32 store locations, including those in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Beccles, and Stowmarket, in a renovated 1950s Bedford van, fitted with their original branding.

The anniversary tour kicked off in North Walsham, Norfolk, last week, with the vintage van having already paid visits to Dereham and Norwich.

Today, the van is on Bury St Edmunds' Cornhill, where passersby have the opportunity to see inside the van and win various prizes.

The company is touring their store locations in the 1950s van.
The company is touring their store locations in the 1950s van.

Andy Yellop, manager of the Bury store, said: "It is a bit of good-will. We are family run and are still here, and it is all about celebrating that.

"I have been with the company for 39 years, so it says that we are really proud of working for them."

Hughes Electrical is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.
Hughes Electrical is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

After a difficult 18 months, Andy added that he was proud to be part of the celebrations.

"We feel very proud being a company that can actually put their hands up and say that they are still trading," he said.

"Just talking to people in the street is nice as well, and it is just another part of the gesture."

Robert Hughes, chairman, added: "While the business is unrecognisable from the one my grandfather founded, two things have remained constant; our focus on customer service and family ownership.

“We genuinely try to put people first, be it customers, colleagues or suppliers. We also try to uphold family values in how we deal with people as their loyalty has helped us reach this landmark.”

The centenary tour is due to finish in October, with the full list of locations and dates below:

12th August – North Walsham

13th August – Dereham

14th August – Norwich

20th August – Bury St Edmunds

21st August – Ely

22nd August – Martlesham

25th August – Ipswich

27th August – Clacton

28th August – Stowmarket

31st August – Spalding

2nd September – Fakenham

3rd September – Wisbech

4th September – Hunstanton

11th September – Felixstowe

12th September – Rayleigh

18th September – Colchester

22nd September – Great Yarmouth

23rd September – Beccles

24th September – Halesworth

25th September – Lowestoft

28th September – Wymondham

2nd October – Swaffham

9th October – Diss

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