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Tributes paid to supermarket tycoon and Yorkshire farmer Sir Ken Morrison

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Tributes have been paid to supermarket tycoon and Yorkshire farmer Sir Ken Morrison, who has died aged 85.

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Sir Ken, who took over from his father William in 1952, helped grow Morrisons from two market stalls in Rawson, Bradford into the UK’s fourth largest supermarket.


A keen farmer, he ran a flock of Texel crosses and 1,000 head of beef cattle at his home in Myton-on-Swale, North Yorkshire.


He died peacefully there after a short illness, his family said in a statement.


Statement from Sir Ken’s family:


“Sir Ken was, of course, a unique figure in the history of grocery retailing in the UK, for more than half a century being the driving force at the heart of Morrisons as it grew from two market stalls to become one of the UK’s largest retailers.


“But to us he was a greatly committed and loving family man, as inspirational and central to us in our daily lives as he was in the business.


“He showed us all the importance of aiming high but never forgetting the practicalities of life and the humanity of those we deal with.


“A proud Yorkshireman, he never forgot his roots and had a real love for, and commitment to, the people and city of Bradford.”

Sir Ken retired from the business in 2008 and concentrated on farming.


He was also deeply involved with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and regularly attended the Great Yorkshire Show.


A society spokesman wrote on Twitter: “A sad loss. Sir Ken Morrison, big supporter of @YorksAgSoc & Great #Yorkshire Show. Our thoughts are with his family.”


He championed the Shorthorn breed and in 2012 was instrumental in setting up the Morrisons native breeds’ scheme, which saw native cattle prices increase as a result.


Tributes have continued to pour in for Sir Ken on social media.




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