Another well known businessman decided to retire in mid February 1979, rather than be relocated. The re-development of Glasgow Road saw many people simply close up shop and retire rather than be moved. One of those people was well known, Andrew Little.
Andrew’s family business closed its doors for the last time on 16th February 1979 at 4pm.
Little’s Bakers at 200 Glasgow Road had been trading for just over 51 years, since 1927. Andrew Little of 3 Church Street is pictured here on his last day, retiring aged 72. His sons, James (left) and William (right) are also pictured behind him and had both worked with Andrew since leaving school.
Mr Little started work as a baker in Carluke in 1920. Learning his trade, he came to Blantyre and opened his shop in 1927. The bakery out back had a little claim to fame. Although it was closed at the time of this picture, it had one of the oldest coal fired ovens in Scotland and its old, original stone floor was more than a hundred years old.
Mr Little took time upon his retirement to thank all his customer over the years. It is safe to say that people were especially upset to see the close of this business, a loss of perhaps the best rolls in Lanarkshire.
From the book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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