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Lifelong Scottish Bakers supporter Hamish Allan passes away

25 July 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lucy Wheeler
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It is with great sadness that we share the news that Hamish Allan passed away this morning, Thursday 25 July 2019.

Hamish was a lifelong supporter of Scottish Bakers and he and his wife Elizabeth regularly attended our events. Without his support we would not have been able to launch the online James Allan Bakery Academy, which we now use to deliver training to bakery apprentices across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Hamish trained at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow before completing an apprenticeship with City Bakeries. After some time working in London, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, he returned to City Bakeries where he eventually rose to the position of Regional Director for Scotland.

He started his own bakery company, James Allan Bakers in 1967 and within two years he had opened 10 shops around the east end of Glasgow and Dumbartonshire. He continued to run the business until 1990 when he sold it to his bakery manager, Allan Gibson. The company continued to operate for a number of years afterward, with some shops trading under the name Allan Gibson and others continuing under the James Allan name.

We were delighted to invite Hamish to officially opened Bakers House in 2014 when we relocated our headquarters, after all the support he had given the association.

Our deepest sympathies go to Elizabeth and family at this sad time.