Redruth firm founded by former safe blower for the Krays celebrates 30 years in business

Falmouth Packet: Redruth firm founded by former safe blower for the Krays celebrates 30 years in business Redruth firm founded by former safe blower for the Krays celebrates 30 years in business

A Cornwall based family firm is celebrating 30 years in business, with a "colossal" bake sale to raise funds for Help For Heroes

Specialist flat roofing contractors, JR Flat Roofing, based in Redruth, will hold the cake sale on Saturday, May 3, at the company's head office at Bartles Industrial Estate between 10am and 4pm, and will include a raffle, barbecue, coffee and homemade cakes to purchase.

Founded by John Rogers in 1984 in Redruth, JR Flat Roofing has a main office in Cornwall and a satellite office in London, reaching a turnover of £1.4million last year, £1million of which came from work outside of Cornwall - bringing revenue back into the county.

JR Flat Roofing's clients include London Underground, MOTO services, Cornwall College and various Cornwall Healthcare Trusts.

The business is now operated by John's children - Nick, Phil and Marion Rogers, after he passed away in September last year.

Marion said: "When my dad set up the company in 1984 it was just him and a £2k bank loan, so it is incredible that the business has grown into the national company it is today, employing 19 people. We are so pleased to mark the occasion with this special event to support a fantastic charity which provides assistance for our wounded heroes, as dad spent years in the army and merchant navy."

Marion published her father's biography last year, to share John's colourful life - which included working for the notorious Kray twins as a safe blower and meeting Great Train Robber - Ron Biggs in Rio; John's childhood years were spent being shunted from institution to institution, whilst during his later years he built a record of public service - becoming a pillar of the local community.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1994, John passed away from prostate cancer in September 2013, prompting Marion to publish his memoirs as a biography - John Rogers, A Fighter All The Way.

The book is available to download on Amazon and during JR Flat Roofing's 30th anniversary year 10p from every book sale will be donated to Help for Heroes which, as an ex-serviceman, was close to John's heart.

 

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