TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Bridgwater baker who suddenly passed away last week.

The death of Judith Legg at the age of 66, who ran the well known Judith’s Bakery on St John Street for nearly 30 years, has inspired an outpouring of grief in the town.

Joy Notaro, Judith’s younger sister said: “Everybody is just shocked. Judith really was a one of a kind person and the best sister anyone could ask for.

“I knew she was popular but we have been completely overwhelmed by the messages, cards and flowers that just show what an impact she had on people.

“It is quite amazing when you see in black and white just what she meant to everyone.”

Judith was born in Othery, one of four children who grew up on a farm in the village.

After leaving school she held a number of jobs in and around Bridgwater working in a cafe, a garage, and doing deliveries before opening her eponymous bakery in 1988.

Judith would work six days a week before retiring in 2017 and her bakery is an exponent of Bridgwater’s famous and unique Manchip jam pastry delicacy.

“She genuinely really enjoyed working in the bakery and talking to people, she would never moan about work and really enjoyed her life,” Joy said.

“I think the fact she had a number of loyal staff who worked with her for more than 20 years says a lot about what she was like as a person.”

Judith was also Auntie Jude to her beloved nephews and nieces.

“We are a close family and she always had time for her nieces and nephews,” Joy said.

“I honestly don’t know how she found time to do all the things she did!

“She was kind, caring and very thoughtful, but could also always put a smile on people’s faces.

“Bridgwater was her life and she will be sorely missed.”

Judith’s funeral is being held on Saturday, August 17 at St Mary’s Church in Bridgwater.