GETTING rid of the former Lodge's supermarket building in Holmfirth - which has been dubbed an eyesore - will be a priority, a business leader has pledged.

Bakery owner Greg Christofi, president of Holme Valley Business Association, also wants to make progress on association plans for a picnic area and a garden and seating for elderly people in Holmfirth town centre.

Mr Christofi, who runs The Old bridge Bakery in Holmfirth, received his chain of office from outgoing president Andrew Bray. He will be president for two years.

Mr Christofi, 42, said: "It is a great honour to be part of the business association and to be chosen as president.

"The association is doing some good things for the Holme Valley, especially in its charitable work."

Mr Christofi came to Britain from Cyprus 20 years ago and worked in the catering industry before setting up his bakery business nine years ago.

His working day begins at 5am - baking bread and cakes for wholesale customers in the Holme Valley.

The business employs 17 people. As well as the bakery, it includes a shop and bed and breakfast accommodation.

Mr Christofi is married to Mandy and the couple have two daughters, Emma, 13 and seven-year-old Lucy.