Burnley man baked history as confectionery shop's first male manager in 87 years

Danny Carter on his last day at Oddie's in Blackburn, where he was the first male manager for almost 90 years,
Danny Carter on his last day at Oddie's in Blackburn, where he was the first male manager for almost 90 years,

Shop manager Danny Carter certainly knew which side his bread was buttered when he took over the running of a popular sandwich and cake shop.

For the 27-year-old became the first male manager at Oddie's bakery since 1930.

Danny and his girlfriend, Sarah McClintock, are now planning a new life together Down Under.

Danny and his girlfriend, Sarah McClintock, are now planning a new life together Down Under.

And running the Blackburn branch of the well known chain of shops, that was founded in Colne in 1905, has been the icing on the cake for Danny Carter.

A move to Yorkshire in May to set up home with his nurse girlfriend, Sarah McClintock, means that Danny is giving up the job he has loved doing for the past three years.

He said: "I loved my time at Oddies and it was a great experience to have worked for such a traditional company, that still today make you feel part of a family instead of just being another number, like many of the big companies of the world.

"To be the first male manager in 90 years feels like a great achievement.

"It’s history made within Oddies"

From humble beginnings Oddie's now has several shops across East Lancashire, stretching from Colne, Nelson and Burnley to Blackburn and now Todmorden.

The company employs around 200 staff, the majority of whom are women.

Danny, who is making plans to emigrate to Australia with Sarah, added: "I feel like I’ve changed the company to maybe think about employing more male staff for the future.

""Let's hope it is not another 90 years before the next male manager is appointed."

A former pupil of Brunshaw Primary and the former Towneley High schools, Danny studied A' levels at Burnley College.

Danny has worked in the retail trade since he was 16 and when the opportunity came up for him to manage the newly opened branch of Oddie's in Blackburn he jumped at the chance.

He said: "I have made friends for life and will always keep in touch with them."

Danny is now working for a Yorkshire based catering company and is due to take up a new role managing a superstore cafe while he plans and saves for the big move Down Under.