A Belmont butcher is hanging up his knives for the last time this coming weekend, as he prepares to retire after serving the community for decades.

Roy Gravett, 77, took over from a previous butcher 45 years ago to start his own business, meaning a butcher has traded from the Station Road site for nearly 100 year now.

Mr Gravett said: “In that time, there have been many changes both to the shop and in the way people buy meat.

“In recent years, we have gone from selling just the one plain simple banger to 26 different varieties of sausage produced for a recent British Sausage Week.

“Many customers were children when I first took over the shop, now they come in with their grandchildren! I’ll miss it.”

The butchers will close its doors for the last time on Saturday, January 12.

Roy will be offering drinks and celebrating with friends and customers in the shop before putting up the closed sign for the last time at 2pm.