Family garage marks 50 years of repairs

CD Friend and Sons LTD is celebrating its 50th year in business.
CD Friend and Sons LTD is celebrating its 50th year in business.
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A family garage that prides itself on its values is celebrating 50 years of successful business based in Bury St Edmunds.

C D Friends and Sons Ltd was established in 1963 by Charles Douglas Friend who was later joined by three of his sons’ and one of his daughters’.

David Friend, the current managing director said: “It’s great to mark the 50 years of business in the town and look forward to many more years to come.

“As the year draws to a close we would like to thank all our loyal customers over the past 50 years of business in the town.”

Charles established the company in a tin hanger on the Hardwick Industrial Estate repairing cars with a selection of hand tools.

Three of his sons and one daughter joined him, instilling the family values that David said are prized.

C D Friend and Sons has grown drastically and is now located across two premises and employs 16 full and part time staff.

The garage is based on Eastgate Street while the body shop is based on Moreton Hall.

David Friend said the business continues to be successful.

He said: “We have been extremely busy, we have picked up lots off new customers who used to go to main dealers but now money is tight they are coming to us.

“When we moved to Eastgate Street we did not know if it would be a success but it’s just gone from strength to strength.”

C D Friend and Sons Ltd has celebrated its 50 year milestone by holding events for staff including a day at the races.