A BOLTON baker has retired after 50 years in the trade. Peter Holmes, 65, was given a special send off by staff and managers at Hampsons Bakery.

He joined the company in 1956 and has worked there ever since. Describing the changes in the trade from 50 years ago he said: “We used to know all of our customers by name, but it isn’t like that anymore. The job is more automated, but I guess that is progress.”

Bakery supervisor Ron Burton said: “He is a terrific guy and he will be missed. He is a master of confectionery; there is surely no cake he hasn’t baked.”