Rushden shoe firm celebrates 150 years in business with party and fly-past

The Red Arrows fly-past over the Grenson site in Rushden
The Red Arrows fly-past over the Grenson site in Rushden
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Staff looked to the skies as the Red Arrows helped a Rushden-based shoe firm celebrate 150 years in business.

Grenson has been based in Rushden since 1866, starting out at the Corn Merchants in the town before moving to Green Yard.

The party to celebrate 150 years of trading for Grenson

The party to celebrate 150 years of trading for Grenson

When bigger premises were required in 1895, they built a factory on the corner of Queen Street and Cromwell Road which they remained at until 2013 when they re-located to the current site in Crown Way, Rushden.

Earlier this year saw the firm open a new store in New York, which is its first stand-alone store outside of the UK and will serve the American market, which is its second biggest market worldwide.

It comes in the same year as the company celebrates 150 years of trading.

A garden party was held to mark the milestone at the firm’s Rushden factory last Wednesday, including a fly-past by the Red Arrows.

Grenson's new shop in New York

Grenson's new shop in New York

Grenson sponsors the team and has been making shoes for their pilots for 20 years.

Tim Little, creative director and owner at Grenson, said: “There aren’t many companies that can claim to have been in business for 150 years, especially British manufacturing companies, so we are extremely proud to be part of this wonderful brand.

“And seeing the Red Arrows fly over the factory literally brought a tear to everyone’s eye.”

Grensons was one of many firms from the footwear industry which played a huge role in Rushden’s growth, with more than 100 boot and shoe factories in the town in the mid-1900s.