Bakery draws big crowd
LINDSAY McConochie was a pretty popular bloke yesterday morning.
With almost every corner store and servo stripped bare of bread by yesterday afternoon, and supermarkets long since closed, the smell of fresh bread wafting from his Blackstone Road bakery drew a hungry crowd.
By 9am the popular bakery had a line 15-deep at the counter collecting, well, their daily bread.
“I reckon I've baked about 10 or 15 times what I'd normally bake,” he grinned while turning out another three tins.
“Busy...yep you could say that.
“We had the bread out cooling at 1am and someone saw it and bought two loaves – they then went into town and told everybody and it's been on ever since.”
The pace at the family-run business was nippy to say the least. Lindsay kept the loaves rising, Robyn McConochie and Rachel Brown were busy on the counter, with Paul McConochie slicing and bagging at a furious pace.
But in the end they could only do so much and eventually – every baker's nightmare – they ran out of flour.
“We sent two trucks out to get flour but missed getting through the roads by 18 minutes,” Mr McConochie said.
“They say we can't get any now until Monday morning – but we need to be able to make bread, we even had to turn people from the evacuation centre away.
“If I could get my hands on two or three tonnes of flour I'd be a very happy man, so if anyone's got any flour to sell – we're ready to buy it.
“We'd bake day and night for the people of Ipswich if we could.”