Quality built on family tradition

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A FAMILY business which serviced garments for Winston Churchill in the 1930s will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

Bradley’s Quality Dry Cleaning has a fascinating history and the current Walnut Tree branch is looking forward to the future.

Howard Bradley, 50, is the remaining family member passionately offering dry cleaning services to the people of Milton Keynes.

He said: “Dry cleaning is a highly skilled job and our shop is very much Milton Keynes’ best kept secret.

“People really are getting the best service, yet completely unaware of the rich history of this family business.”

The business continues a long family history in textile expertise, which began in 1912 when Howard’s paternal grandfather, fashion entrepreneur Bernard Bradley, designed, tailored and sold lady’s attire.

Meanwhile, Howard’s maternal grandfather, Charles Teller, was a London milliner, supplying celebrities and royalty.

Howard takes genuine pride in ensuring garments are restored to their full glory, taking his cue from his father, Eric Bradley who travelled the country selling textiles before opening one of the first unit dry cleaners in London.

Howard explains: “There is nobody left to research the business and carry it on apart from myself.

“I accidentally stumbled on the receipts showing the family business serviced Winston and Clementine Spencer Churchill.”

Other big names that have received the Bradley’s service include Bridgette Bardot, George Michael and Bon Jovi and the shop is regularly used by Milton Keynes Theatre.

Howard was just 16 when the family moved to Milton Keynes, setting up shop in Stony Stratford.

He said: “It was an area we liked - a growing city not far from London.”

Bradley’s promises “good old fashioned services without compromise” – call 01908 232 797 for more information.