01st July 2011
70 YEARS OF GROCONTINENTAL CELEBRATED AT HERITAGE CENTRE
A month-long exhibition to celebrate Grocontinental’s 70th anniversary was held in the Heritage Centre, Whitchurch.
The exhibition charted Grocontinental’s history from the early days in the 1940s when the company was founded by Nellie Grocott through to the present day.
Exhibits included photographs charting the 70-year history, newspaper cuttings, original company correspondence dating back to the 1940s and information about the scale of the present-day operation.
The centre-piece of the exhibition was four pieces of artwork produced by Year 10 students, Joshua Edge, Eleanor Williamson, Roma-Jay Mason and Molly Allman of Sir John Talbot’s Technology College. The students visited Grocontinental to research archive material, to take photographs and to talk to the staff to help them interpret the 70th anniversary.
Speaking at the exhibition launch, Linda Grocott said:
‘We’re very grateful to the Heritage Centre for giving us the opportunity to showcase our 70th anniversary. We have a large archive of material, much of which features the many people from Whitchurch who have worked with us over the years.
‘We would also like to say a massive thank you to the art students from Sir John Talbot’s who have put a modern and creative slant on our company history. They really are superb pieces of work.’
Picture: Left to right: Sir John’s Talbot’s Technology College Year 10 students Eleanor Williamson, Roma-Jay Mason and Joshua Edge with Ray Grocott