Fludes Carpets celebrate their 80th anniversary on the Bluebell Railway
PUBLISHED: 16:28 22 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:19 20 February 2013
Lunch on the Golden Arrow at the Bluebell Railway was an appropriate celebration for Fludes Carpets
Lunch on the Golden Arrow at the Bluebell Railway was an appropriate celebration for Fludes Carpets. The meal was served aboard Christine, a Pullman coach whose first year of service was 1929 - the same year Fludes Carpets was launched.
A first class dining experience in the luxurious splendour of the age of steam was enjoyed by everyone. The staff toasted the founder, Leslie Flude, and his family who kept the business operating through the tough times of the Wall Street crash and the Second World War.
Despite a number of recessions and dramatic changes in the flooring industry, Fludes Carpets continue to prosper and last year was voted Best Flooring Retailer by Interiors monthly magazine.
It was a most suitable way to say enjoy your retirement to Richard Flude who stepped down as managing director earlier this year. He felt it was time to take a well-earned break after being at the helm for more than 20 years. He received gifts and many thanks from all his former colleagues.
When the engine was uncoupled at the end of the line, some of the party tried stoking the boiler and also being the train guard. The consensus was that they should stick to the day job!