Ridgeons celebrates

THE Ridgeons Group is celebrating 100 years of trading with special Centenary activities taking place at the March branch.

Founded by Cyril Ridgeon, the company started trading as a timber and builders’ merchants in 1911 and has grown with 22 branches.

To commemorate this anniversary, the March branch has a visit from the Ridgeons’ liveried dray, pulled by two Suffolk Punch Horses today (Wednesday) and a variety of fundraising activities to help raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

Dean Crawford, branch manager at Ridgeons in March, said: “We would like to invite as many people as possible to visit the branch and join us in celebrating our special anniversary.

“It’s our way of saying thank you for your continued custom and support, and to make a toast to the next 100 years of successful trading.”

March’s association with Ridgeons dates back to 1946 when the group acquired the established hardware and ironmongery firm of Pilgrim & Son at Broad Street. In 1988 the group purchased a site on March Trading Park. The new branch opened for trading in January 1990.