Barbecue sales sizzle

THE sunny Easter weekend sizzled in more ways than one as local high street butchers worked overtime knocking out barbecue fare.

George Adams’ Spalding family butcher’s shop had sold out of sausages by Saturday teatime and AW Jackson in Holbeach and Long Sutton were all out of bangers and burgers by 3pm the same day.

T Law and Sons in Hall Place, Spalding had a fabulous week’s trading as temperatures soared but like most other local independent food shops stuck to a traditional half-day closing on Good Friday.

Peter Law said: “It wasn’t the holiday, it was the consistent great weather that drove a really good week’s trading for us.

“Ribs, burgers and sausages were flying out of the shop all week and then Saturday was very busy.

“I heard Good Friday broke records nationwide but it wasn’t like that here. It was quiet and wouldn’t have been worthwhile staying open in the afternoon.”

Judy Byrne of George Adams’ shop in The Crescent said: “Our sales figures for Thursday, Friday and Saturday were very high and we sold an awful lot of barbecue stuff, running out of our basic sausages on Saturday.”

Jim Tointon from Jackson’s of Holbeach and Long Sutton, which closed both shops half-day on Friday, said: “We’ve had a great Easter and had sold out of barbecue fare on Saturday.

“We’re not used to Easters like this and for once people seemed to be staying at home and seizing the chance to enjoy themselves with the family in the garden.

“It caught people out as effectively we had a barbecue weekend a month early!”

Baytree Nurseries at Weston also had a “cracking weekend.”

Nigel Wallis said: “It was well up on last year for traditional Easter plant sales and we sold out of some of the top ranges of barbecues and garden furniture.

“We were only sorry the law wouldn’t let us open on Sunday.”