Britain’s biggest family the Radfords forced to shut their pie business after orders boom following their new TV show

BRITAIN’S biggest family has been forced to temporarily shut their pie business after orders boomed after their new TV show. 

Sue, 45, and Noel, 50, Radford, from Morecombe, Lancashire, are the stars of Channel 5’s new show 22 and Counting, which launched last week.

The four-part series sees Sue, Noel, and their 22 kids deal with being locked down together in their 10-bedroom home during the pandemic.

The family famously don’t rely on benefits, and fund their family with their Radford Pie Company. 

However, following the show launching on February 22, orders of their pies boomed and they were forced to close the doors of the business to keep up with requests. 

Taking to Facebook, the couple wrote: “For everyone enquiring about order pies online.

“We have closed the website site for a few days just so we can try and catch up with the orders that came in after our program aired on Monday.

“We had plenty of stock ready to go but we were inundated with orders.

“We took the decision to close for a few days rather than you placing a order and having to wait a few weeks to receive your order. 

“We would like to thank you all for your continued support, we very much appreciated it.”

The Radford posted a video on Instagram showing crates packed full of pies stretching from their floor to the ceiling. 

The family appear to have started taking orders again following the second episode airing yesterday.

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The pie shop is located close to the family’s home, and on the website, it says: “We have owned our own lovely bakery since 1999 which is how we manage to provide for (and feed) our huge and expanding family as well as for the local people of Heysham and Morecambe.”

The family have now expanded their business to cater for online orders made from around the UK. 

The business is a family affair, with Noel at the helm, and children Chloe and Daniel helping out.

In December, the Radfords revealed they had to shut their family’s bakery due to them isolating after Noel tested positive for coronavirus. 

They said they lost money from orders during this time. 

Taking to the Radfords’ YouTube channel at the time, Sue said: “We’ve had to close, we can’t keep it open as Noel and Chloe are in the bakery baking the pies.

“Chloe has had to isolate with us so we’ve had to close. 

“It’s a massive nightmare really. It’s the busiest time of the year and we can’t get orders in.”

While filming their new Channel 5 Show 22 Kids and Counting during lockdown, Sue – who has been pregnant for over 16-and-a-half YEARS – welcomed her 11th daughter with husband Noel.

Before welcoming Heidie in April 2020, Sue and Noel, from Morecambe, Lancashire, had already spent over £1 MILLION raising their bumper brood.

Noel and Sue are parents to Chris, 31, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 25, Jack, 23, Daniel, 21, Luke, 20, Millie, 19, Katie, 18, James, 17, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 13, Max, 12, Tillie, 10, Oscar, nine, Casper, eight, Hallie, five, Phoebe, four, Archie, three, Bonnie, two, and Heidie who was born in April.

Sadly the couple's 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.  

Sue revealed that the weekly food bill has nearly doubled in lockdown as the children are constantly eating – and their food bill has risen from £300 to £400.

The Radfords use 16 pints of milk and four loaves of bread a day, and each week they go through 80 yoghurts, three tubes of toothpaste and 24 toilet rolls.

And if sausages are on the menu that evening, Sue will need to ensure she puts a staggering 56 under the grill.

The popular family have racked up 348,000 Instagram and 255,000 YouTube fans thanks to sharing their daily lives. 

In September, their daughter Millie gave birth to Ophelia, and the pair are living under the Radford roof.  

The family announced on YouTube they were filming for the show in May, last year and finished in December.

Plus Radfords revealed they use 24 bottles of shampoo & conditioner, 100 pints of milk & do 21 loads of washing each WEEK.

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