Updated: Graham Cotton's bakery at the Triangle is to close at the weekend after 49 years.
• Retirement fundraiser for Graham Cotton launched
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Graham has said the closure is due to health issues.
It's thought Graham's shop has been at the Triangle since 1974.
In a Bitterne Parker interview on this website in 2014 he said he qualified at the Southampton Bakery College in 1964, and eventually set up his Triangle shop ten years later.
“Although many things have changed over the years, especially shopping habits, I am still hanging on, and so proud to be part of Bitterne Park Triangle,” he said..
Graham has been a prominent figure in the community over the years – and we're very grateful for his longstanding support of this website.
We wish him all the best.
• Update: Since we posted this on Thursday evening onto our Facebook page there's already been close to 100 comments:
Barbara Webber wrote: " Been buying our bread there for well nigh 40 years. And cakes, pastries, doughnuts. Lovely shop, lovely staff, best bakery for miles.