AS PART of the centenary celebration of Ambrosia in Lifton, the Lifton Local History Group held an exhibition in the Tamar Suite at the Arundell Arms.
Ambrosia have been a big part of the village for the last 100 years with the Morris family who set up the factory providing thousands of jobs for locals since then.
Lifton Local History group committee member Marion Kneebone knows the importance Ambrosia has had to the area.
Marion said: “Ambrosia have been great for Lifton. It started off with just ten local workers back in 1917 and they used to draw milk from 50 local farms to the factory.
“Since then it’s survived both World Wars and continued to flourish so it has been a brilliant thing for the village in providing lots of jobs.”
Although the Morris family still don’t own the company, one of the elder members of the family was on hand to provide a talk while there was a section dedicated to ‘Memories’, where former workers and those associated with Ambrosia were asked to send in old photos and captions as well as a timeline and DVD of how the company has continued to develop plus a child’s competition and a raffle.
Marion was delighted with how it went, saying: “The weekend was a huge success. There was an excellent turnout and people seemed to stay for quite a while. Eight of us are on the committee and we’ve worked on it for about a year securing the content and organising everything. Ambrosia have also been very helpful, supporting us in any way they can and we’re very grateful for that.
“We’d like to thank to anyone who’s contributed in any way, the Morris family for providing us with information and Ambrosia for providing us with anything we need. It’s been a great team effort and we can’t thank everyone enough.”