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Nobody else does it like Ellsey’s!
Monday 13th August, 2012

Nobody else does it like Ellsey’s!
Giles Everard, Shaun Roberts and Tim Williams from Ellsey's with Maxine Armstrong from W&L Hospice at the Ellsey's Vinegar stall

The biggest ever gathering of “Elsie’s” took place in Wigan at the weekend.

Almost 40 “Elsie’s” from across the North West, along with their family members, attended a special birthday Tea Party- to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Wigan based vinegar company Ellsey’s!

“It was fantastic”, said Ellsey’s owner Tim Williams. “We wanted to celebrate our special birthday in a truly memorable way, so we looked for people who share our name. We didn’t even need any name badges for our special guests!”

The unique celebration took place at Wigan and Leigh Hospice during their annual Garden Party, sponsored by Ellsey’s.

Cups and saucers were at the ready and tea was a flow for the VIP guests on the day. Elsie Boydell, aged 89 from Lowton, was just one of the special guests at the event: “The music and food was wonderful. I’ve had such a lovely time chatting with the other Elsie’s, it was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.”

One-year-old Elsie Howse of Atherton and her grandmother 83-year-old Mrs Elsie Beaver were also among the guests who attended the special birthday Tea Party.

As well as receiving a special goodie bag and plenty of refreshments the guests also had the opportunity to hear a few words of thanks from Tim Williams, company owner and family member of Ellsey’s founder Walter Ellsey.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice Corporate and Community Fundraiser Maxine Armstrong said: “Our garden party was a huge success; we are yet to calculate the total amount raised from the event, but I’d like to thank everyone who visited the hospice and donated.

“It was great to work alongside Ellsey’s, especially in their 80th year. The birthday tea party was also a great success and was a brilliant way to celebrate!”

The special occasion will be detailed in Ellsey’s 80th Anniversary Book, which is set to be published later this year and kept in the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust archives.

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