A Welsh baker has revealed the time that he burned The Prince of Wales’s fingers during a bread demonstration.
Alan Jones, chairman of the Village Bakery, recently recreated a baking scene from the opening of Erddig Hall, when he recalled the time he burned The Prince of Wales. The Wrexham mansion was officially opened in 1977, where Prince Charles was a guest of honour, and this year, a video was filmed there for the updated Village Bakery’s website.
Back in 1977, Alan was baking bread in the old brick oven for the official re-opening of Erddig after renovations, and the coordination had to be perfect, the baker recalled in The North Wales Daily Post. “Timing was important because they wanted bread coming out of the oven as Prince Charles came to the kitchen.”
“Luckily, we had it dead right. Just as he [Prince Charles] was walking through the kitchen with his entourage, I was peeling bread out of the oven,” continued Mr Jones.
“I popped the bread on the table and, in his wisdom, The Prince picked up a loaf, which was red hot because it had just come out of the oven. Basically, he burned his hand. I apologised, and he was absolutely fine, and we had a nice chat,” Jones commented.
Unfortunately for Alan, it wasn’t to be the last of his run-ins with The Prince that day!
The top Welsh-baker, whose bakery lies in Coedpoeth, near Wrexham, bought his bakery with his father in 1964, from two brothers who had been in business for 30 years. Jones was tasked with making rolls and bread for Charles’s picnic that afternoon, after he finished his engagements.
He took them over to The Prince’s waiting helicopter. “I was carrying across two carrier bags full of fresh bread when, all of a sudden, I was pounced on by security, but they were okay once I explained that it was for The Prince’s picnic on Anglesey,” explains Alan, noting the day as one of the highlights of his 50 year-long career.