A Stoke-on-Trent granddad has been recognised by a national bakery for being a truly brilliant bloke.
Robert Fradley, from Trent Vale, was named one of the UKs most ‘Remarkable Roberts’ by Roberts bakery.
His daughter Helen nominated the 77-year-old for an award after seeing a TV advert from the bakery.
The granddad was celebrated for being a top handyman to family and neighbours, after retiring from his 40-year plumbing career.
Robert – nicknamed Bob the Builder – has established quite a reputation on Claytonwood Road where he has lived for 52 years – and there is a strong family connection.
He was born a few houses down from his current house and daughter Helen lives six doors down. Great granddaughter Brooke is not far away either in Fenton, making it super convenient to help everyone out.
Helen said: “Of course he draws on his plumbing skills to help people, but he has a real engineering brain, which makes him great at working out what needs to be put right.
“The only thing that has slowed him down recently is this pandemic, but he has still been busy walking the dog for me and looking out for us all. It’s just in his nature.”
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Robert celebrated his 77th birthday on December 6, and continues to be on hand to deal with any household challenge thrown his way. The dad-of-two has been married to Irene for 55 years and Helen said there is nothing he won’t tackle.
He even walked Helen down the aisle on her wedding day in October during the pandemic. Helen added: “He gave me away perfectly – just like everything else he does.”
Robert joked he is a ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, but is often to be found building carports and garages, putting up awnings, changing car oil, fixing leaks and mending appliances.
The granddad said: “If I can fix something I’ll fix it. I’ve always been like that and enjoyed fixing the kids bikes and things like that – it’s cheaper than getting someone else to do it.
“I found out about the nomination when I got a t-shirt through the post saying I’m a Remarkable Robert. I couldn’t believe I’d been nominated – it’s been a bit quiet the past 12 months so it was a really nice surprise.
“My family live quite close so have passed the house and given me a wave through the window through lockdown. But now I’m looking forward to getting the Covid-19 jab so life can start getting back to normal again.”