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event which over the years has raised £1,000’s for charity and this year £1,000 goes to Bolton Dementia with a pledge to make a further donation to another local charity later in the year. John said, “Te evening

At the CYBC Dinner John and Tania Mettrick joined fellow dignitaries, David & Beryl McGrath, Tom & Mary Fraser, Jack & Shirley Morris and David Hammer and daughter Charlie on the top table as ‘Te Carvers’ set about carving Ribs of Beef, courtesy of Weddel Swiſt.

IT’S been a busy few months starting in November when President John Mettrick and wife Tania enjoyed not only the hospitality of the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils, at their Annual Dinner Dance held at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford but also the mouth- watering beef rumps courtesy of Dalziel. Later in the month John

headed north of the border to Stirling where he was also made to feel very welcome at the well-attended Scottish Federation of Meat & Food Traders Association AGM and Training Awards. With Christmas behind

us, the arrival of January saw Radio 1 Newsbeat presenter Nesta McGregor visiting John’s abattoir in Glossop, Derbyshire as part of a ‘Beeb’ item about Veganuary. Born in Jamaica,

surrounded by smells of jerk chicken and curried goat, Nesta admitted he found it difficult to become Vegan for a month. During the visit John showed Nesta around the abattoir as he examined whether it would affect his desire to eat meat once he understood the process of how an animal is processed and finally ends up as meat on the consumer’s plate.

John said “Nesta took it all in his stride as he was shown around the premises and explored the pros and cons of being a vegan. Hopefully, he will be tucking into a nice fillet steak on Valentine’s Day aſter a very tough Veganuary”! Still on this sensitive subject

and John’s advice to butchers is to focus on the positives and promote healthy eating through a variety of cuts. Mettrick’s, for instance are currently promoting a hamper of ‘low fat’ joints and cuts of meat retailing at £60.00. Te last promotion of the month came with Burn’s

Night and saw Mettrick’s producing haggis, being both easy to make and profitable. And where the occasional ‘split case’ can be mixed with tatties and neeps and piled into a ‘Scotch Pie case.’ A product always well received by customers straight from the hot counter or to heat at home. Te month closed with

the Te Bolton & District Butchers Ball at Rivington Barn, Horwich where John and Tania joined 300 guests for what has become something of a highlight in the social calendar. John congratulates the organisers on a well-run

was a great success with some great entertainment whilst at the same time raising money for good causes” and added “It was good to see so many from the meat industry present including national companies, small abattoirs, wholesalers, manufacturers and independent retailers”. During February John will

be looking forward to the Q Guild’s Smithfield Awards (London), the Masters’ installation at the York Butchers Gild (York), the Q Guild AGM (York) and the Lancashire Area Council’s Annual Dinner (Burnley). If members think this

kind of feature in craſt butcher is useful or you have any ideas for promotions or trends just e-mail john@ and he will try to include them in his blog. Likewise, should a member wish the President to raise an issue at any future event he would also be pleased to hear from you. n


John seen chatting with Martin Morgan (Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers), SFMTA members Mike & Louise Forsyth and SFMTA President Paul Boyle

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