Little did Brian Frisby (65) know when he started working at a butcher’s shop in Moulton Chapel that he would be there 49 years later.
But after serving generations of customer, Brian has finally decided to call time on his career as a butcher just short of clocking up 50 years.
Former Holbeach butcher Stuart Cooper (37) of Sutton St James has taken over the reins, or joints, at Brian Frisby Family Butcher in Roman Road.
Speaking to our sister paper, the Spalding Guardian, last August, Brian said: “It’s been a way of life for me, so it will be strange to pack up.
“But I can’t keep going for ever and I have been tied to this place for nearly 50 years.
“It’s been really good, I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve had personal contact with people which you don’t get in lots of the big shops.”
Brian’s wife Rose Frisby (61), who together have two grown-up children and a grandchild, said: “It’s been a real family business because me and our two girls have all worked in the shop.
“But now is the time to do our own thing, although we’ll miss the companionship and camaraderie.
“Brian started working at the shop when he was 16 and when the man who owned it moved on to be a butcher in Crowland, Brian bought the shop a year before we got married.
“The best part has been meeting the generations of families, from the first one to the next one, seeing them grow up and flourish.
“But it’ll be nice to be able to go away on holiday now.”