A Market Rasen butcher is retiring next week after working for more than half a century in the Queen Street meat business.
Gordon Hildred, 73, started working for Cockings Butchers in the town’s Queen street as an errand boy straight from school at the age of 15.
He then moved on to Cox and Gells and for the last 29 years has worked for Lancaster’s Butchers.
Over that time he has seen many changes in the way things are done, but one thing which has always been important to him is customer service.
“You get attached to people,” said Gordon.
“When I was on the rounds (taking the meat van into the villages) the old dears would always have a mug of tea waiting for me when I got their order ready.
“Often they would say - while you’re here could you just do another little job for me.
“I didn’t mind; if people take to you then that is good.”
Gordon is Rasen born and bred - in fact he still lives in the house he was born in.
He was one of four boys; all but one went on to work as butchers, brother Tommy working alongside Gordon at Lancasters.
Gordon’s last day in the shop is Saturday October 31, after that he plans to spend his time ‘tinkering about’, something he says he enjoys.
“I would like to thank Gordon for all his loyalty and being such a hard working employee for all these years,” said Lancaster’s Butchers owner Richard Lancaster.
“Lots of people have got to know Gordon over the years and we all wish him well for a very happy retirement.
“Philip and Alan will still be here, building on the good work carried out by Gordon.”