A HAYLE woman is being honoured for 45 years of crimping pasties at a local bakery.
Mary Coad started working at Philp's Bakery on East Quay in 1969 when she agreed to lend a hand for a few weeks during a busy period – and is still there.
Since agreeing to help out her friends Sam and Marg Philp, who founded the bakery, Mary has become a crimping expert – training several generations of the family and many newcomers to create the perfect pasty.
After having an operation on her hand several years ago, the 82-year-old learnt to use her left hand and is now an ambidextrous crimper.
Paul Philp, son of founder Sam, now part-owns the bakery and said staff like Mary were rare.
He said: "She is a very popular and loyal member of staff. Mary loves a good joke, we all have a bit of fun and she's great to have around."
When Mary first started, the bakery employed four or five people, but now more than 70 work between its four outlets and two bakeries.
Mary briefly retired when she was in her sixties, but now shows no signs of slowing down and continues to work two days a week.
Paul said Mary was "as fast as anyone" in her role as a pasty crimper and has made thousands of the baked goods over the years.
She is regarded as part of the Philp's family and has even been renamed Mary Coad Philp by her current bosses.
Paul, who runs the bakery with brother Neil and brother-in-law David, added: "On behalf of myself, Neil and David I just want to say a big 'thank you'. We want to express our gratitude to Mary for all her hard work and friendship over the years."
Mary knows nothing about the public thank you but Paul said: "She will be shocked and she'll really like it."