1923-1938 - The early days

Mr Johnson

  • 1923 – Eric Johnson married Mary.

  • The business had little capital to start with, Eric’s wife was a big help as they worked all hours.  Eventually, Eric bought a model T Ford lorry and started going to other markets such as Knaresborough and Otley to sell.

  • Around the same time, a few dutchmen found Mr Johnson and he did a little importing. As trade increased, he took on another three men.


John Richardson

  • 1937 – John Richardson is born on the 13th of September at a nursing home in Horsforth near Leeds some way from his family home in Oulton.