Museum of Somerset representatives were honoured by Oak Furniture Land as the retailer celebrated the opening of their first store in Taunton. The Mayor of Taunton and the new store manager presented a life size cake replica of the Museum’s famous Frome Hoard Roman coins to the Head of Museums Steve Minnitt (pictured left.)
Oak Furniture Land, the UK’s largest retailer of solid hardwood furniture, commissioned the amazing confectionery creation to celebrate their arrival in town and to show their support for the Museum and to assist in their fundraising. The store located at Taunton Retail Park, Hankridge Way is 15,000 sq. ft. with a mezzanine floor and has created seven new local jobs.
Jason Manley, Oak Furniture Land Taunton store manager says: “We are looking forward to the Mayor of Taunton officially opening the store, welcoming customers through the door and helping us with the cake presentation. This is our first store in Taunton, and our 10th in the South West.”
Steve Minnitt, Head of Museums for the South West Heritage Trust, says: “The Museum of Somerset is based in Taunton Castle and as one of the longest standing and most popular attraction in the area we are delighted to welcome Oak Furniture Land to the Taunton community and wish them every success for the future. The museum houses the largest hoard of Roman coins ever discovered in a single pot, in Britain, and a cake replica is a wonderful gesture to highlight one of our most famous exhibits.”
The Mayor of Taunton Councillor Mrs Marcia Hill says: “This new Oak Furniture Land store is a welcome investment in terms of job creation, and is a good addition to the choice of shops for local residents. I am delighted to be officially opening the store and giving them a warm Taunton welcome.”
The amazing cake replica has been designed by award winning and acclaimed local South West based cake artist Christine Jensen and CakeBomb. Christine is famous for her historically correct cake creations. Visitors to the museum were later able to try a slice of the cake.