We’re proud to be part of a business which has a history dating back more than a century! Here’s how our practice became what it is today!
C Yates & Co Manufacturing Opticians was founded by Charles Yates & his sons Claude and Stanley
C Yates & Co bought by Ralph Priest Dispensing Optician, with two partners.
Ralph’s son, Michael Priest and his wife, Gail, both optometrists, take on associated branches around inner city Birmingham.
Michael and Gail move the practice to Cannock, changing premises in 1984 and adding the Hednesford branch in 1983.
C Yates laboratory moved to Cannock premises, to become the first optical practice in the Midlands able to provide on-site lens surfacing as well as glazing while- you- wait spectacles.
Michael and Gail form partnership Chase Eyecare, with Beverley Rickets, a dispensing optician. They were then joined by optometrist Shakeel Puri in 2004
Michael and Gail retired, soon to be joined by Beverley, who’s ill-health prevented her from continuing at the practice. Shakeel then took over the reins, continuing the century-long tradition of providing excellent eye care!
Thanks to Michael Priest who provided this potted history!