Bath businessman Eric Snook has died

Published on: 14th October 2016

Eric was known for his Golden Cot toy shop, which stood on Abbeygate Street for 30 years before moving to Union Passage in 2013.

Erik-Snook-480Former Bath mayor, long-standing councillor and stalwart of the city’s business community, Eric passed away at the Royal United Hospital on Monday, aged 95.

Eric opened his first shop in Southgate Street in the early 1950s. Becoming mayor of Bath in 1992, he was a vocal supporter of independent traders in Bath, a strong backer of a city council for Bath, and recently backed the idea of an independent, elected mayor.

In 2008 he helped form Bath Independents Group (BIG), which he called the saviour of retailers in the city. He also chaired the charity Fight for Sight’s Bath committee and supported the city’s Bath in Bloom movement. The veteran trader worked to improve the image of shops in Bath during his time on the Chamber of Commerce.

In 2012 Mr Snook was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Bath Chronicle Business Awards. At the time he told the Chronicle: “When I started the business in 1960, within a few years I felt that if you are running a business in Bath and taking a living and employing people, you must put something back into the city.”


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