A Whitley Bay baker has hung up his oven gloves for the last time.
Ian Reed, who will celebrate his 61st birthday later this month, said farewell to Carter’s Bakery, located on Park View, on Tuesday after a distinguished career spanning almost 45 years.
Born in Wallsend and a former pupil at Astley High School in Seaton Delaval, Ian initially had no plans to be a baker.
His first job was coating wheels for disabled wheelchairs at a plastics factory in Shiremoor before he landed a job as a baker/confectioner with Carter’s – a family firm run by Peter and Michael Finlay.
Ian said: “I had no experience but applied for the post and after being successful, learned a bit of everything.
“As soon as you mention to anyone that you are a baker, they immediately comment about you “kneading the dough” but over the years, you just get accustomed to it.
“To get up early in the morning is something which you also get used to but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the firm.
“I would have carried on too had the Finlays not decided to sell the business, as it would have been nice to have completed 50 years service before retiring but it was not to be.”
Ian is looking forward to spending more time with his wife Sandra, and indulging in his hobby of fishing.
He is also contemplating taking up cycling.
Peter Finlay from Carters Bakery said: We’ve never had a wrong word in 44 years and he has never let me down.
“He has been out of this world, a loyal servant, and we are sorry to see him go because he has become like a brother in our family.”