After nearly 12 years in charge, John Buckley has sold the Lake District-based Bryson’s bakery to Debra Travis, a former accountant and financial director.

Bryson’s, which was set up some 50 years ago, has its main shop and bakery in Keswick and a second shop in Cockermouth. It supplies its own outlets and wholesalers, as well as local Asda stores. It makes breads, cakes, pies and biscuits, including fruitcake, Lakeland plum bread and chocolate Florentines.

Buckley said the sale, for an undisclosed sum, would not cause job losses among the staff of about 60. Travis has taken on a general manager who started at Bryson’s this week, he added.

"I need something a little bit new and a little bit different to spark me," said Buckley, who will remain at the business for a couple of months to hand over.

He said that running a bakery was tough but worthwhile. "I can honestly say it’s more than just a job. It’s been a passion."