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Established Downham Market family firm marks its 70th anniversary

A family firm in Downham started by three brothers with just a handful of tools and hand barrow next week celebrates its 70th anniversary of trading in the town.

To mark the occasion Barker DBS, one of several successful operations run the Barker Bros Group, will be offering ten per cent off all its regular priced items and competitions in store and online to win £100 and £50 vouchers. There'll also be birthday cup cakes and sweets for customers and 70th anniversary pens and notepads will be given out.

The Barkers Bros Group is now run by the second generation of the Barker family. Originally it was founded in May 1949 by brothers Ben and John Barker who set out as jobbing builders, with third brother, Tom, keeping records around his own daytime work. Ben and John's first contract was painting a house, for which they were paid £4 and given two second-hand ladders.

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