Former Pettit's butcher keeps the store's memory alive in family shop
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Dec 2017
A former Pettit's butcher is keeping the store's memory alive in his family shop after purchasing the butcher's block that he worked on for 15 years.
Graham Brown, of Brown's Family Butchers, Louth Road, Scartho, had worked in Pettit's butchers for 17 years, and was "deeply saddened" to hear of its closure. The shop had played a huge part in his family's life, with his wife and two children also having worked or spent a lot of time there.
In an effort to try and keep the store's memory alive, he purchased the block, along with a number of other items at the recent auction that was held of the firm's equipment.
He had spent 15 years when he was at the shop, working at the block as he served customers and dealt with their orders.
Graham Brown with the Pettit's butchers block.
Now with a butcher's shop of his own, he plans to use the block to serve his customers in the future and is very proud to have a piece of butchering history firmly placed in his store.
Graham said: "I worked in Pettit's for 17 years, and spent 15 years of that time working from this very butcher's block, and I really just wanted to keep that memory alive as the shop has played a hugely important part in my life and the lives of everyone in my family.
"My wife Karen also spent seven years working in the shop, while my daughter and son also spent a lot of time there, either working or helping out with the Christmas orders, and this time of year just does not feel the same now that it is gone.
"I can remember spending some very late nights there in the run-up to Christmas, making sure all the orders were sorted and everything was in check, and Bethlehem Street won't be the same on Christmas Eve without the queues of people lined up down the street waiting for their turkeys.
Graham Brown with the Pettits butchers block.
"We are just gutted now that it is gone, even since we opened up this butcher's, if we were ever in need of a bit of help or had run out of a product, we could always give them a ring and they would be happy to help, as we have a really strong community here among the butchers.
"We are all small businesses, and don't view each other as competition, and to think that a place that had been as established as Pettit's can go after 125 years, it can really make you worry."
Graham was keen to stress the importance of using your local butcher, saying: "If you don't use us, you will lose us."
Brown's Family Butchers, Louth Road, Scartho.
However, he has noticed a large uptake in business since the closure of the Bethlehem Street stalwart in October.
He said: "I reckon since Pettit's went away we have quadrupled the amount that we are selling now, and we have at least 50 more Christmas orders on this year than we did last year.
"We have recently been crowned Lincolnshire Champion for our gluten free goat and chilli sausages, and were six points off being crowned the champions of the Lincolnshire Poacher overall competition, which shows some of the quality products that we have on offer.
"Plus if the order is big enough we are always happy to come up with some special creations that you want made."