Business celebrates 50 years of dry cleaning in Pound Lane

Ideal Cleaners in Pound Lane as it was in 1966.

Ideal Cleaners in Pound Lane as it was in 1966. - Credit: Archant

An Exmouth family business is celebrating 50 years of dry cleaning from its Pound Lane site.

The business as it is today. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exad 5586-11-12AW

The business as it is today. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exad 5586-11-12AW - Credit: Archant

Ideal Cleaners started dry cleaning in Pound Lane on March 16, 1966.

The business’s history actually goes back even further than that, with Freddie and Nancy Leat having originally started Ideal Hand Laundry in Withycombe in 1910.

James Leat, the fifth generation of the family, started working at Ideal in 2010.

He said: “Over our 106-year history, we have worked with many delightful employees and customers.


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“We’d like to celebrate and thank all of our past and present members of staff for all their hard work over the years.

“A special thank-you to Ruth Stuart, who started working for us when she left school and is still here working with us now on a Saturday morning. Thank-you, Ruth, for your amazing service.

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“Finally, a huge thank-you to all our loyal customers. Here’s to another 100 years!”

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