Celebrating 20 years at Playdale HQ

Friday, 28th October 2016 5:15 pm

October 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the current Playdale Head Office and Factory at Haverthwaite which were officially unveiled back in October 1996.

The early years

Playdale was established in 1978 with just four employees. The former Playdale Works & Offices from 1978 to 1996 were at Bridge End in Haverthwaite; just half a mile away. Bridge End was a collection of old workshops, barns, stables, sheds and a timber yard.

The original Playdale site at Bridge End

The original Playdale site at Bridge End

New factory & offices

The current Playdale building was originally a purpose built Dairy Complex for milking. Around the time that the farmer who owned the Dairy Complex was due to retire, Playdale had run out of space in their workshops and offices at Bridge End, so  Playdale bought the farm buildings and the land that stretched down the railway line to Greenodd.

Our offices and factory building pre Playdale!

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The conversion of the old dairy into Playdale HQ

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The conversion of the old dairy into Playdale HQ

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The conversion of the old dairy into Playdale HQ

The grand opening

The factory & offices were opened by the famous mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonington in October 1996. Chris was impressed by the way the factory blended into its setting, and he said, ”It is a model of its kind, and it is an immense honour to be associated with a company that has made such harmonious use of the natural environment.”

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Sir Chris Bonington opening Playdale in 1996

Original Playdale team members

At the time of writing, there are 13 members of the Playdale team who moved down the road from Bridge End in 1996, to our current premises and are still with us. Mike Marsden, our Contracts Supervisor being the longest serving member with a total of 33 years’ service! All the employees of the time were the removal men/women and enjoyed a celebratory fish and chip supper at the end of the day in the new office!  Here they (nearly!) all are; clocking up a staggering grand total of 344 years’ service between them!

20 years