It has been a butchers for close to a century.

But now Carl Livesey, who owns the self-titled butcher’s on Lindley’s Lidget Street, has sold the shop and is hanging up his apron after four decades.

The shop has served customers since 1930, including throughout the war, the butchers is set to become another restaurant in the village.

Carl, 59, will retire at the end of the month on Spring Bank Holiday weekend as the date marks exactly 43 years since he started work there as a 16-year-old apprentice.

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Carl, who is married and a grandfather said: “I am sad to go but there comes a time when you need to move on.

Butcher Carl Livesey retiring after 43 years at Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

“I’m really looking forward to having a couple of months off and playing a bit of golf before maybe looking for something part-time.”

Carl, born in Golcar and now living in Linthwaite, took over the business as owner in 1980.

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Son Gareth, now 36, and Carl's wife Julie, 57, have previously helped out before continuing to work as a builder and district nurse respectively.

Carl also has a daughter Carrie, 34, a civil servant, who has a three-year-old son Billy.

He added: “I have sold the shop and plans are being made for it to be transformed into a restaurant.

Butcher Carl Livesey retiring after 43 years at Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

“The new owners are in the process of applying for planning permission, although I can’t say anymore at this point in time.”

Although Carl has worked there since 1973 the shop has been a butchers since 1930, serving the village throughout the rationing period of WWII and post-war Britain.

Before that, the building was a mineral water factory and shop.

“My customers have all said they will be sorry to see me go”, Carl said.

“It has been a very enjoyable career and it’s been interesting to watch my customer basis totally change over the years.”