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End of an era as only bakery in Mark closes
A BAKER who has retired and closed his family-run bakery - the only one in the village of Mark - says competition from supermarkets has squeezed him out.
Kevin Watts had been working at Norville Bakery, in Mark Causeway, since leaving school at 16.
But on Saturday, he baked his final loaf and said his farewells to his loyal customers before shutting up shop for the last time.
Kevin, who took over the business from his father, Ron, told the Weekly News that while he always planned to call it a day when he reached 60 - his current age - the competition from supermarkets had left him with no choice.
He said: “It's the times of the supermarkets now.
“They have just taken a monopoly; it's like any small business - the supermarkets take over.
“When I started, there were no supermarkets around and there were several more shops in the village.
“Now there's just the post office.”
As well as running the bakery with his wife, Jane, Kevin also took part in farmers markets in Axbridge, Clevedon and Cheddar, and did a delivery round in Mark, East Huntspill and West Huntspill.
He will now help out with his son's business.
He said: “It's sad in one respect but on the other hand, I always promised myself years ago that when I was 60, I was going to call it a day.
“I shall miss my customers. I've had lots of loyal customers, and I've had quite a lot of cards wishing me well on my retirement.”
Keith Whitting, a friend of Kevin's, said: “When I was a boy, there were three bakeries in Mark, but now I don't know of any other village bakery in the area - it's a sign of the times.”
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