Michael Jarvis on the impact of the Dairy Crest site’s closure
November 24, 2014
Last weekend, Michael Jarvis, who worked at the Unigate, then Dairy Crest, for 23 years, called in to the Atmos Totnes Hub. He talked openly about the impact the site’s closure had on him and also on the town of Totnes and its economy. Firstly he talked about how many members of his family had worked on the site, and shared a photo of his father working there….
Then he reflected on the impact of the site’s closure on the town and the community. “I don’t think it has ever really recovered fully”:
Lastly he talked about the extent to which the Dairy Crest site, and the Social Club, were social hubs for the community. he talks about the many different things that happened on the site and what it meant to people. “You can get another job, but you can’t get another social life” he tells us.
He gives a moving sense of what the place meant to people, and what was lost when it went. “It’s taken a lot to come back to look at it”, he tells us, “because is did mean so much to me personally”.