An eye-catching facelift for shop in town centre

Managing director David Crook with Bakers Pantry staff John McKenna, Erin Burton and Donna Wilkinson outside the new shop in Morpeth.

Managing director David Crook with Bakers Pantry staff John McKenna, Erin Burton and Donna Wilkinson outside the new shop in Morpeth.

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A shop in Morpeth that has sold bakery products since the 1950s will re-open this week under a new name.

The long-established J Donkin and Anderson’s started trading as the Bakers Pantry earlier this year and the unit on Newgate Street will be the third to open under the brand, joining stores in Ashington.

The craft bakery provides a range of freshly-baked breads, pastries, pies and sweets and hand-made sandwiches.

The premises are still owned by members of the Anderson family, whose pedigree as Morpeth shopkeepers dates back to the early 1900s.

Roy and Joyce Anderson ran the original bakers and confectioners there from the 1950s to the 1970s, when J Donkin took over.

The shop was previously occupied by Glenton’s Bakery. After it announced that there would be a new addition to the business in the North Seaton area of Ashington, it decided to moved out of the unit – its nearest store to Morpeth is in Pegswood.

Bakers Pantry managing director David Crook said: “We’re delighted to be opening again in Morpeth. I hope people will enjoy being able to buy old favourites locally, as well as our newer products.”

Fans of the famous Donkin’s pasty will be pleased to know that it is still on the menu and other favourites like the Anderson’s steak pie are joined by many new sweet and savoury goods.

Customers will also be able to buy tea and coffee and enjoy free wi-fi in store.

The new shop will officially open on Saturday, when all products will be sold at half price and free cake will be served with every coffee, while stocks last.

Regular customers can sign up on the website www.bakerspan.co.uk to receive weekly promotions by SMS or e-mail.