Catering staff at Bruton School for Girls have had to bid a tearful farewell to their favourite piece of kitchen equipment when their giant cake mixer finally gave up working!
The magnificent machine, which weighs almost a tonne, has stood for more than 60 years in the school’s kitchen and in that time has literally mixed millions of cakes and fed thousands of ‘Sunny Hill’ girls.
But despite attempts to keep it going, the mixer, manufactured by Peerless & Ericsson in Birmingham, which later merged with the famous Kenwood Co. in 1959, has mixed its last cake.
Melissa Atkins, Catering Manager, said: “It’s part of the fabric of the building and was here well before our longest serving staff – and they’ve been here for 30 years! It has been fabulous; none of the small modern versions can match it so we are genuinely sad to see it go.”
When asked what was going to happen to the machine Melissa added:
“We were wondering if Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood could use it in the ‘Bake Off’ tent – but I’m not sure they would be able to manage the mixing bowl as it takes two of us to lift it when full!”
The modern replacement mixer is now in situ and is getting on with the job of producing the home-made cakes and desserts which are legendary at the school.
Anyone interested in taking the machine perhaps for a display or collection should get in touch by contacting Kate Cox, Head of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org .
Photos: Top - Ali and Joyce saying goodbye to their favourite mixer
Middle: the original series number
Bottom: the new mixer, safely installed in the kitchen.