Award-winning high-class family butcher Roy Porter of Chatburn this week celebrates 50 years in the business that has seen him become one of the Ribble Valley’s most celebrated purveyors of fine meats.
1963 saw Roy take on a full-time position with Fred Burgess, who owned then Chatburn shop, after working as a Saturday boy.
Roy (67) explained: “I attended Clitheroe Royal Grammar school and my ambition was to become a meteorologist as I’d been involved in setting up a weather station at Chatburn school.
“When Fred offered me the full-time job, my mother was horrified at the prospect of me becoming a butcher and I promised I’d learn the trade and then aim to become a meat inspector, as the much-improved wage was very tempting at the time!”
Fate took its hand and Roy and his wife, Daphne, took over in 1985. The couple, who also celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this week, developed the business gradually in line with customer demand. They now cure all their own bacon, offer ready meals and produce more than 2,000 pies a week, baked in their tiny on-site bakehouse.
Popular figures in the community, Roy and Daphne brought up their children, Jill and Ian, alongside the business and are now grandparents to Benjamin, Charlie and Georgie.
Roy continued: “We have been successful purely because of our wonderful customers and amazing team of staff. We love Chatburn and its community and were both born and bred here. We’ve definitely no plans to retire!”