Thursday, 29 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
I am pleased to announce that my son Jasper has kindly agreed to join me in re-vitalising the fridge magnet empire of Wm Blunt & Sons.
When I deigned to return to the old firm, I was hardly prepared for what faced me. The shop was looking tired, the stock old and faded. The once-proud history of fridge magnet manufacture that bore the name Blunt had sunk into a dusty backwater.
Well, not for nothing did I spend all those hours last year watching Mary Portas as she re-invigorated old companies and shops.
Meanwhile, I continue to delve into the family archives, and am constantly amazed by the famous Blunts I am encountering, who can only be an inspiration as I seek to once again put Wm Blunt & Sons on the map.
Posted by Bill Blunt at 11:39
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
It seems appropriate to use my blog to announce to the world that I am hanging up my quill and returning to work in the family business.
There will be those, I am sure, who think this is a cowardly act. It was over fifty years ago, after all, when I turned my back on the old family firm of William Blunt & Sons to embark on a career in newsprint. It seems like only yesterday.
Since then, there isn't a newspaper in Stockport that I've not written for - and I've been proud of my contribution to local British journalism. There comes a time, however, when even the most seasoned hack must call it a day. Reluctantly, that day has come. My life's canvas has been the tabloid: the smell of printer's ink has followed me from bar to bar in Fleet Street and beyond. Now, my canvas has shrunk to just 7cm x 4.5cm, as I contemplate a dotage devoted to fridge magnets.
It's a brave man who accuses Bill Blunt of surrender. As I begin the next chapter of my life, I do so proudly, picking up the mantle of my ancestor, William Gladstone Blunt, who had the foresight to found a firm that is still going strong a century and a half later.
I will not, however, entirely desert this blog, or its loyal readers. I plan to update you on my new life, and I doubt I will be able to resist the urge to comment on world affairs - particularly where they affect Stockport.
So, it's 'au revoir' rather than 'goodbye'.
Posted by Bill Blunt at 20:11