What started as a question on where to find a classic biscuit treat, turned into a trip down memory lane for listeners on the Weekend Breakfast. A fortuitous series of calls even found a link between the bakery and the first heart transplant donor.
One listener wanted to find out where she could find “pig’s ears” - a sweet biscuit popular in the 60s and 70s, also known as Palmiers.
A number of Capetonians were unanimous in the view that the famous Wrensch Town Bakery in Observatory (and later Salt River) sold the best “pig’s ears” in their heydey.
This conversation led to more calls for our listeners, piecing together the iconic history of the bakery.
Derek phoned in to explain that Denise Darvall, the donor in the world’s first successful human heart transplant, had just left Wrensch Town Bakery when she was killed in a car crash in December 1967.
Nearly fifty years ago, Wrensch Town Bakery was mentioned in an historical event. She walked out of Wrensch Town Bakery, was knocked over and became the world's first heart donor.— Derek, caller
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After that, Elaine called in to share that she was one of the blood donors in that historical operation performed by South African surgeon Chris Barnard.
She also told us that the Queen’s 21st birthday cake was made at Wrensch Town Bakery and shared other amazing anecdotes!
My best friends father worked for Wrensch Town Bakery... he baked Queen Elizabeth's 21st birthday cake.— Elaine, caller
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To top it all of, Dot called in to say she was a chocolate dipper at Wrensch Town and worked there for a decade.
I worked at Wrensch Town Bakery 60 years ago. I worked there for 10 years when they were in Salt River. I made those fancy chocolates they had.— Dot, caller
I worked day and night to pack the hot cross buns.— Dot, caller
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