A popular butcher is hanging up his apron.
And Newsome will be left without a local meat shop when Raymond and Jenny Carroll hang up their knives for the last time on Saturday.
A community institution, the Raymond Carroll shop on Town Gate has been the go-to place for locally-sourced meat and their famous pies for the past 27 years.
But it will now be turned into a beauty parlour and holistic centre,
The closure is a “sign of the times” to Raymond, as the shutdown will follow that of Lindley butcher Carl Livesey’s shop last month.
Raymond, 68, and Jenny, 69, have been trying to sell the shop for around two years.
“It’s the end of an era”, said Raymond.
He and Jenny will also be moving home to Waterloo, as their current home that sits above and behind the shop comes with the business.
“I’ve been in the business since I left Fartown Secondary Modern at 15 and have definitely seen it through its glory years.
“I started an apprenticeship with the Co-op and worked at their shops all over Huddersfield until we got our own shop in Cleckheaton’s indoor market.
“We stayed their for eight years until we moved to Newsome.
“We’re very sad to see the butchers go but no one is going into the business.
“I don’t think there will be any independent butchers left in the area in 10 years time.”
Raymond reminisced about the couple’s time at the shop.
“There’s been a lot of banter. We’ve had a lot of loyal customers who are like friends to us now so we will miss everyone.
“People came in for our cuts of lamb, beef, chicken and pork and Jenny’s pies, such her fidgets.
“We’ve always used local meat, with the beef coming from Metcalf’s in West Vale, lamb from Holmfirth and chickens from Slaithwaite.
“Christmases were always exciting– the shop has been my life.
““We’ve weathered BSE, foot and mouth and the recession so have definitely done our best.”
Raymond is now looking forward to a much calmer pace of life.
“I usually get up at 6am ready for a 6.30am start and don’t finish until sometimes 6pm, so it will be strange to get a lie-in on Monday.
“We’re a bit apprehensive but we hope to have a bit more time for caravanning, walking and gardening, and I’ll be kept busy with because our new garden is quite big.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years.”