Piece of history

NBENBE110610e1, official launch of Brettles book, Belper. Rod Hawgood, Gary Spendlove and gwyn Stevenson former MD Brettles 40 years ago.
NBENBE110610e1, official launch of Brettles book, Belper. Rod Hawgood, Gary Spendlove and gwyn Stevenson former MD Brettles 40 years ago.
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A BOOK charting the history of a famous Belper firm has been launched.

‘Brettles of Belper: The History of a Derbyshire Hosiery Company’ tells the story of the business that has grown from tiny beginnings in the 19th Century to the major local employer and worldwide distributor that it is today as part of the Slenderella group.

Written by Slenderella managing director Gary Spendlove and local historian Rod Hawgood, its launch day saw a flurry of activity. Coffee and biscuits were served at De Bradelei mill shop — a former Brettles site — in the morning.

The afternoon guests visited the Slenderella factory, enjoyed escorted walks around the town with local historians and visited the North Mill, before the official launch at the Strutts Centre in the evening.