Looking back to the night shift at the Betabake Bread factory in 1973

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

The night shift is not one that everyone enjoys, working unsociable hours and staying awake through the night. In this gallery we remember the night shift at the Betabake Bread factory in 1973.

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

Based in Whitehouse Road, the night shift workers would be instrumental in getting fresh bread into the local shops around Ipswich and the wider area for the morning, and onto breakfast tables across Suffolk.

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

Thousands of loaves of bread would be produced each night.

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

These pictures show the varying stages of the overnight process, from baking and packaging to eventually loading it on to the lorries ready for delivery.

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

Of course it wasn’t just bread that was being produced at the factory, but also confectionary and pastries, all of which were prepared and individually boxed by staff members throughout the night.

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

Did you work for Betabake or have any relatives that used to work at the factory?

Packing up the baked goods

Packing up the baked goods - Credit: Archant

To share your memories with us, email our picture desk.