Popular bakers retiring

HANNAH MARTIN

BEV and Bill McConochie will put their last baking tray in the oven on Sunday, after running renowned bakeries for 25 years. The couple recently sold the Brassall bakery, Billy Mac's, and said the tears would flow when they hung up their aprons for the last time. Bill, 54, and Bev, 52, bought their first bakery in 1987 at the Brassall Village Shopping Centre and later opened Billy Mac's in Hunter Street. Bill said the move was the best thing that could ever have happened to them. "We had to buy everything new and start all over again," Bill said. Bev said they were worried at the start. "But our first day was phenomenal. We had a lot of support from loyal customers," Bev said. And loyal is not a word they use lightly. "We have a customer who started coming to us a little girl. She's 23 now and still comes in every day and buys two sausage rolls," she said. Bill and Bev said work at the bakery was a family affair. Their son has worked for them since he was 14. Their daughter and her husband also work at the bakery. Through their business Bill and Bev have supported and catered for many community events and school lamington and pie drives. "I'm sure some of (the organisations we cater for) have been offered better prices over the years but they've stayed loyal and I think that's because our prices were fair and we'd always go the extra mile for service," Bill said. But after a quarter of a century the hard workers said they have simply had enough. However, after a quarter of a century the time has come for the pair to take an overdue break before looking for a nine-to-five, Monday to Friday job.



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