End of an era for butcher family

Freda Fisher is retiring from Sandall's butchers. She is the last remaining staff member from the Sandall family.
Freda Fisher is retiring from Sandall's butchers. She is the last remaining staff member from the Sandall family.
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IT WAS the end of an era for one of the oldest shops in Bourne last week as the last of the Sandall family has retired from the butchers shop.

Freda Fisher, the daughter of Norman and Ruby Sandall who opened Sandall’s Butchers 58 years ago, worked her last shift in the shop in West Street, Bourne, on Wednesday.

Freda, 59, of Norwood Farm, Grimsthorpe was the last of her family working at the shop after her brothers, Frederick and Francis, sold the business in March 2010.

Freda said: “The idea of being the last one in my family to leave the business is a bit heart wrenching.

“As I am a Sandall I have been here most of my life.

“I was one year old when my parents opened the shop and I have worked here since I can remember.”

Freda started full time at the shop straight from school at the age of 16.

Before that she recalls delivering meat on her bicycle as she rode to school.

As she grew up Freda continued to deliver meat, taking out a van around the out lying villages.

Freda said: “It was a fantastic time. I absolutely loved it.”

The Sandall family have seen seen lots of changes since they opened their first store.

At its peak the business had three shops and multiple vans selling their meat in the area.

However now Freda is looking forward to enjoying a life in retirement.

Word soon spread that it was Freda’s final day on Wednesday and throughout the morning she had a steady flow of visitors to say goodbye.

She said: “People have been coming by with flowers, chocolates and earrings. It has been amazing.

The staff at Sandall’s also clubbed together and bought Freda a jacket.

Despite the last Sandall leaving the shop she confirmed that the business, now owned by Teresa Andrew with her brother Philip, will honour its heritage and keep the current name.