Well-known Burnley baker dies

Baker: Jim Dolphin
Baker: Jim Dolphin

A baker who built one of the best-know names in the area has died aged 82.

Mr Jim Dolphin began his career in the bakery trade after leaving Burnley Grammar School, and it was his dad’s £460 win on Littlewoood’s Pools in 1946 that made his dream come true. The owner wanted to sell, so Mr Dolphin Snr. bought the business, and the shop in Oxford Road, Burnley, thrived.

Mr Dolphin and his late wife, Audrey, were married in 1957 and she supported him by working there. They spent their married life in Reedley Grove, Reedley.

As business grew, Mr Dolphin opened larger premises in Manchester Road in the 1970s before transferring to Smallshaw Industrial Estate. He retired when he was 55, leaving the business in the hands of his nephew, Barrie.

Mr Dolphin was a member of Hurstwood Masonic Lodge, earning Provincial honours for his work. In retirement he and his wife enjoyed cruising holidays. Mr Dolphin was on holiday when he was taken ill. He was admitted to Blackburn Royal Hospital on his return home and died five days later.“All the staff were wonderful”, said his daughter, Susan.

The funeral is on Monday, August 19th, at noon, at Burnley Crematorium.