An end of an era is fast approaching for T Law & Sons Butchers of Spalding after a decision to sell up to an award-winning friend in the same trade.
The shop, in Hall Place since 1918 and famous for its Lincolnshire sausages and pork pies, has been run by the same family for four generations.
But now brothers Peter (56) and Simon (46) Law, who have worked at the shop since their days at Spalding Grammar School, have decided to pass on the business to Gary Simpson of Sleaford-based Simpsons Butchers which was named 2013 East Midlands Butchers Shop of the Year.
Peter said: “The sale was brought about by my brother who is in the middle of having two hip operations.
“He decided that he’d had enough but rather than throw in the towel, I talked to a friend of mine in the butchery trade, Gary Simpson, about the idea of running the premises.
“Gary’s decided to go for it and I shall enjoy working for him because he’s a good, traditional butcher with new ideas and he likes a challenge.”
Simpson Butchers plan to take on the six staff members currently at the shop and possibily recruit more, as well as pressing ahead with a major refurbishment of the shopfront.
Peter said: “There will be changes but people will see the same familiar faces here and the butcher’s shop is going to continue.”