Family firm celebrates forecourt area revamp

Members of the North Kesteven MG owners club at DC Baxter Motors forecourt relaunch. EMN-151011-103208001
Members of the North Kesteven MG owners club at DC Baxter Motors forecourt relaunch. EMN-151011-103208001

A Ruskington petrol station and garage has celebrated a major refurbishment of its forecourt area with a special event.

Family firm D.C. Baxter (Motors) held the relaunch of its revamped forecourt on Saturday, having been trading in Ruskington for 44 years.

Christie Baxter said: “We had to shut our forecourt for seven weeks to spend in excess of £250,000 for new tanks and pumps to be installed. We have also changed fuel supplier to Gulf which should now hopefully enable us to provide a more competitive price on fuel.”

They also had Gulf Racing Cars and the North Kesteven MG club bring a selection of cars on the day for display.

The filling station offered discounted fuel all day with a charitable donation for the tombola offering free fuel prizes. They raised £151.12 for charity and were also giving away gift bags and fresh fruit and vegetables from their Spar shop and doing free face painting for children.

Derek Cecil Baxter first acquired Ruskington Service Station in 1971.

The premises are still owned by Peter, Chris and Paul Baxter, who are directors and shareholders of D.C Baxter (Motors) Ltd.

In 2010 they opened a convenience store as a Spar and extended the workshop. They then set about improving the fuel forecourt side, increasing fuel storage capacity and replacing worn fuel pumps.

The business currently employs 25 people from the Ruskington area still remaining a family business into its third generation with seven members of the Baxter family involved.