Robert Haworth Tasker b.1924 d.2017
The son of Robert and Margaret Tasker, Robert Haworth came into the business as a teenager and, after serving in World War Two, he became head of the company, now well established in the furniture and carpet trade, when his father died in 1953.
It was Robert Haworth who took the bold initiative to move Taskers to Queen Mill in 1965.
Initially, Taskers was a tenant paying a rent of half a crown a square foot, which at the time was about the going rate. But by the 1970s, the increasing power of the supermarkets had already led to the demise of many smaller local retail outlets, which had made up Taskers' wholesale clients.
Wholesaling was therefore discontinued, but the freehold of the land and mill premises were bought and the mill's interior refurbished into a direct-to-the-public furniture and carpet showroom.