The Pies the limit: Dennis shares story for local project

Dennis outside the Clark’s Pie shop, Grangetown (photo by Adam Chard)

“I couldn’t wait to leave school and open my own Clark’s Pie shop”, says Dennis Dutch of Dinas Powys, who quit education at the age of 14 to join the family business.

Now 81, and despite being in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Dennis is still  involved in running the Grangetown business that he established in 1955, now managed by daughters Beverley and Amanda.

Started by Dennis’s grandmother, Mary Clark, at Victoria Park, the company has always been a family affair, with some of Dennis’s grandchildren now also taking an active role.

Clark’s Pies is a Cardiff institution, immortalised in song by Frank Hennessy. The shape of the Clark’s Pie has been likened to the similarly iconic Wales Millennium Stadium, and many Cardiffians are proud to have been raised on the ‘Clarksie’ (the trademark on the underside of every pie). This is why Dennis was approached by Helia Phoenix of ‘We Are Cardiff’, a voluntary project that tells the stories of local residents.

“I was delighted to take part in the project”, says Dennis, “and I enjoyed talking about my memories of living in Cardiff and, of course, running the business”.

To read Dennis’s story, visit the following link:http://wearecardiff.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/i-always-knew-i-wanted-to-join-the-family-business-dennis/

The Clark’s Pies website can be found here: http://www.clarkspies.co.uk/