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MP's personal tribute for well known Nelson bakery boss

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has paid his own tribute to  bakery owner Bill Oddie who has died at the age of 76
Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has paid his own tribute to bakery owner Bill Oddie who has died at the age of 76
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An MP has paid tribute to well known bakery boss Mr Bill Oddie who has died at the age of 76.

Pendle MP Mr Andrew Stephenson said he had enjoyed discussing a range of business issues with Mr Oddie, who was at the helm of the Nelson based business that has shops across Pendle, Burnley and Padiham, and his passion for the local area "always shone through."

Mr Bill Oddie, the owner of the popular family bakery who has died at the age of 76, with his daughter Lara.

Mr Bill Oddie, the owner of the popular family bakery who has died at the age of 76, with his daughter Lara.

Mr Stephenson said: "“Bill did so much to keep Oddie’s going through tough times, ensuring its long-term future.

"He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and I would like to offer my condolences to his family and also all the staff at Oddie's."

Mr Oddie had worked for the family firm which was founded by his grandfather for 50 years, 30 years of them as managing director.

Bill was passionate about cricket and was a member of Lancashire County Cricket Club for many years.

An attacking batsman he also played for Nelson in the Lancashire League, batting against the famous Australian fast bowler Dennis Lilee who was playing for Haslingden.

Bill was also a former player, chairman and president with Belvedere and Calder Vale Sports Club.