Jacket potato stand in Slough responds to rumors of petition closing
JACKET Potatoes have been a big hit in Slough and for the past 30 years have been a “highlight of people’s lives” in the city.
That’s according to the one and only ‘potato man in the jacket’ Jack Hughes, who has owned a stall in the middle of Slough High Street for three decades.
Mr. Hughes makes a living serving freshly baked potatoes seven days a week with his sister, brother and wife.
Fortunately, the street trader received overwhelming support from community members and Slough City Council.
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It comes after a petition circulated online calling on the authority not to prevent street traders from operating on the High Street.
Jack put an end to these rumors and said the potato stand was “here to stay”.
He said: “We’ve had a lot of people asking us questions and that’s [petition] complete garbage. We are still doing well, although it has been a bit quiet recently as it is less crowded.
“I think we are doing well because we are friendly and everything is prepared daily and cooked with fresh produce. We laugh with people and get to know everyone during their week! ‘.
“It’s also different. When you go to McDonald’s you leave and it’s already cold. They stop here and it’s cooked fresh and hot.”
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In 1991, Jack’s brother owned an ice cream stand, but he wasn’t doing as well as he could.
He didn’t bring in any money and at the time there was a potato stand next to him.
“My brother noticed this potato stand next to him and asked the woman about it,” Jack said.
“She explained how she planned to get rid of it, so he bought it. We’ve been going ever since and it’s our livelihood.”
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