With it being National Storytelling week and the 94th anniversary of Spicers first shop opening it only seems right to pay homage to the great Robert Spicer. As well as being the son of Spicers’ founder Robert was also a great story teller who wrote a book called ‘Spec of Spice’, the book was written in 1976 to celebrate 50 years of Spicers Stores trading in Stade Street, Hythe.
46 years on and Robert’s stories are still greatly treasured and enjoyed here at Spicers. National Storytelling Week is the perfect time to share a tale or two about how Spicers has grown from strength to strength
Page 22 explains that “in the late 20’s…with the trade increasing slowly but steadily every week. Gradually the names of well known grocery manufacturers – some of the good old names which have been swallowed up in bug companies and combines – started to supply Spicers. Many of these companies have formed close friendships over these years”
The book also mentions some funny stories about the Spicers family, “I have heard tell of the first visit in 1928 of Percy’s prospective Mother-in-law to have tea with the Spicers above the shop – that an attractive jar of raspberry jam was placed on the table, when opened, out curled a rubbery snake”
The book goes on to explain how the whole family has worked together to run the family business. Page 26 talks about how “Percy and Dolly married in 1933. With the arrival of baby Robert in 1935 and brother Bryan in 1938. If the young wife (a farmer’s daughter) had not worked hard, cooking the hams in a hay box at home – using soft fruit which had not be sold to make jam, or bottling plums, all of which would find their way back to the shop under “Spicers Stores” own label.”
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