How about these for unusual festive decorations?
The picture shows butchers Peter Buck (left) and Nick Allen with their meat Christmas tree. Yes, their meat Christmas tree.
It’s on show in the shop, Hutchinson’s of Ripley, and features garlands of chipolata sausages, streaky bacon tinsel, baubles of traditional faggots and black pudding rings, and is topped with a streaky bacon star.
As the feast season approaches, the two men are backing The Meat Crusade’s call for shoppers to “support their butchers for life and not just for Christmas”.
“We are encouraging shoppers to make a change – it is in their hands to ensure the high street butcher is here for future generations to enjoy,” says Peter, who’s been a butcher for 55 years. “Make it your New Year’s resolution to support them.”
John Penny, Yorkshire farmer and meat wholesaler, adds: “We all flock to the butcher at Christmas because we want the best we can buy for our family. We forget we can buy the best from the local butcher all year round. Visiting a good butcher shouldn’t be a once a year occasion, it should be a once-a-week routine.
“Butchers need your support now more than ever. If the decline continues, the high street butcher will go the way of the fishmonger — only a handful will remain and the art of butchery will be lost.”
Here at Field Day, we applaud the idea – but reckon that when it comes to meat promotion the Hutchinson’s guys could still learn a thing or two from Lady Gaga…
Black pudding baubles, anyone?
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