From left: Cheryl RIx, Teresa Brandon, Sue Cobb, Cliff Banham, Julie Smith and Paul Brandon. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

There are major changes at a King’s Lynn bakery which holds the Royal Warrant.

Smiths the Bakers, London Road, has been taken over by Paul Brandon who has worked at the business for more than 40 years.

Julie Smith, widow of former owner Paul, handed the keys over this week.

“I feel it is time to seek pastures new and can see the business needs to move forward,” she said.

Her late husband, who died three years ago at the age of 52, was the son of business founders Norman and Betty.

Their daughter Sue Cobb will keep the Smith connection as she will take over her sister Wendy’s shares in the business.

Mr Brandon joined Smiths in 1975 as a Saturday helper.

“Julie has served the business well during some very dark days following Paul’s death and we all wish her well for the future,” he said.

“I am very much looking forward to the challenges ahead and working with Sue as we can see the opportunity for the business to prosper,” said Mr Brandon.

The bakery is being relocated to purpose-built premises on the town’s Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate while the shop will be retained and is planned to undergo a full refit early in 2016.

Mr Brandon will be supported in the venutre by his wife Teresa and daughter Cheryl (Rix) who will be serving in the shop.

Clifford Banham, who has been with the business for more than 30 years, will head-up the new bakery.

The company was awarded the Royal Warrant 25 years ago and supplies Sandringham House.