Hughes Electrical has announced the death of Jim Hughes (pictured).
The company said that he passed away at All Hallows Hospital in Ditchingham, surrounded by his family, after losing his battle with cancer.
Mr Hughes was born in Lowestoft in 1929, and was evacuated to Derbyshire at the start of World War II and later returned to join the family firm in Lowestoft.
His father Frank Hughes founded the company in 1921, with the purpose of rewinding electric motors for the local fishing fleet and opened a shop in Tonning Street, Lowestoft, where he built and sold radios.
When Frank died in 1947, the business was taken over by his daughter Phyllis and sons Peter and Jim.
They grew the company from a single shop to a chain retail business across Norfolk and Suffolk. Their decision to buy and own outright their retail premises and concentrate on the rentals market is a formula that still underpins the company’s success today.
Jim married Beryl in 1961 and together had three sons, Andrew, Robert and Jeremy.
He retired from full-time work in 2007 to spend more time enjoying cruises and classical music.
His funeral will be held at St Benet’s Roman Catholic Church, Beccles, at 3pm on April 18. The family has asked that no flowers be sent, but anyone wishing to can make a donation to All Hallows Hospital, which can be sent care of Rosedale Funeral Home, 22 Hungate, Beccles, NR34 9TT or via the Much Loved online memorial site at www.rosedalefuneralhome.co.uk.
Electrolux is the third appliance brand to announce that its refrigeration products in the UK will be fitted with metal or aluminised backing from the end of May.
This news follows similar moves by Gorenje and Whirlpool after calls to address the issue from the London Fire Brigade and safety campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood.
The Electrolux group, which also includes the AEG and Zanussi brands, claimed that the decision was not made because of any concerns regarding the safety of its products, but to stay ahead of anticipated changes in European legislation.
Peter Spencer, managing director for UK and Ireland, said: “True to our commitment to quality, safety and a best-in-class consumer experience, we wanted to confirm the introduction of new backing material for all of our refrigeration and freezing products in the UK.
“We continually review the design of our refrigeration and freezing products – including backing materials – and in anticipation of potential future regulation updates, from the end of May 2018, all Electrolux Group fridges, freezers, and fridge-freezers produced for the UK and Ireland markets will feature a metal or aluminised-based backing.”
The group claimed to have an “excellent” safety record and to have sold more than a million refrigeration and freezing products in the UK with no major incidents involving issues with the plastic backing on its products.
Sophie Davidson, head of product line, kitchen, explained: “As part of our safety process, we focus our efforts and investments on the creation of intelligent design using the safest components. We started this process several months ago to ensure that we stay ahead of any anticipated changes to European legislation regarding the safety of refrigerating appliances. These refrigeration products are compliant to BS EN 60695-11-5:2017 and meet the new international refrigeration and freezing standard IEC60335-2-24. Our ambition has been to ensure we are compliant with what we believe will represent the global standards up to 2020.”