To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Uncle Joe’s have created two special edition VE Day tins. The tins honour former employee Tommy Bennett and the Armed Forces community. We’re delighted that our tins are being used for such a special occasion.
Wigan Council have bought over 500 of the VE Day mint tins which are being delivered to care homes in the Borough.
Whilst VE Day has fallen during very uncertain times for everyone, it's a good opportunity to reflect on the events of World War 2 and pay tribute to those who gave so much.
Tommy Bennett, former employee of Uncle Joe's played an essential role in the business during the war. Please see Tommy's story below.
Tommy Bennett's Story:
In 1942, Tommy was called to war. However, he was one of the best sugar-boilers working for Uncle Joe’s. Former owner William Santos, wrote to the Ministry of Labour in an attempt to keep Tommy.
He wrote: “Although Bennett is so young, he is at the present time the most vital person I have and his retention in his present position is essential for the continuation of our business.”
Following the plea, Tommy was allowed to remain with the company, training a woman to undertake his role. After six months, he had successfully trained a colleague and he left Wigan to join the RAF.
After the war Tommy faithfully returned to Uncle Joe’s and continued to work for the company he loved. He retired in 1989 after 51 years of committed service and sadly passed away in 2002, aged 78.