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Hundreds enjoy the sunshine at Kerry Day ‘first’
Saturday 1st July 2017 @ 23:08 by Nigel Skinner
Business Hyde News Tameside

Kerry Foods held its very first outdoor Kerry Day today in glorious sunshine at its Hyde base on Kerry Way.

The annual day was opened up for all employees, their family and friends to enjoy with more than 450 people attending.

Local residents were also invited to visit on the day which ran throughout the afternoon from 1pm to 6pm, with the promise of free food and ice cream proving a big hit.

Richmond sausages, made at Kerry Foods, had pride of place on the menu with a rebranding of the product being launched.

There was something for everyone to enjoy with stalls, a penalty shoot out, DJ, magic and Disney characters, face painting, balloon making, bouncy castles, a Formula One simulator, plus a visit from a Minion and even a fire engine.

There were also free goody bags for all the visitors.

Also visiting was Woody the Willow Wood bear who proved a hit with the children, with the day adding to the hospice’s funds and the company generously donating £500 to the charity – plus any more raised on the day itself.

Steve Davey, General Manager, said: “This is the first time that we have held a Kerry Day on a Saturday. This is all about family and this year we have invited all of our employees to bring their children, mums, dads, and grandparents to come along, eat as much as they want – and as much ice cream as they want – and really have a fun day.”

Steve added Kerry always has a Kerry Day each year around a theme at all of its sites across the business, but it was traditionally held indoors and for employees only because of the risk of weather.

“Because we could do it on a Saturday this year we closed off the car park and have taken a chance on the weather – we have marquees in case it rained – but we ordered this weather and it couldn’t be better – and it’s really paid off,” added Steve.

He said it would definitely be something Kerry Foods would now look to hold next year and continue.

“I’m meeting people I’ve never met before and it’s absolutely fabulous – we sent personal invites out to people who live around the factory to come here today too.”

Michelle Atkinson, HR manager, and Charlie Goodwin, HR assistant, joked that they had booked the weather, having been instrumental in organising the day on behalf of one of the biggest employers in the area.

“It’s a perfect day and we couldn’t have wished for anything better,” said Michelle.

“We had a team working together to make this day happen and I’m just so, so proud of everyone in that team. The guys from the shop floor are running the football tournament, and everyone came up with some brilliant ideas for the day.”

Charlie added that the huge turn out had made it all worthwhile.

Tameside Radio reported live from the day – plus you can see more pictures in the next edition of the Tameside Reporter – out on Thursday, July 6.