A SLAITHWAITE butcher is hanging up his apron after 47 years working in the village.
Eric Weaving, who owns W Garside Butchers on Carr Street, said he was looking forward to getting some rest.
"In this industry, early mornings are just part of the job," he said.
"Although I am a little sad to be leaving the shop, I am looking forward to a few extra lie-ins over the coming weeks."
Mr Weaving, 63, has been at the Carr Street shop all his working life. He went to Slaithwaite C of E School and when he left at 15 he trained as an apprentice butcher under the watchful eye of former owner Mr Walker Garside. After 25 years he became a partner in the business, but since Mr Garside retired 13 years ago he has been running his shop with help from wife Rosemary, 63, and daughter Amanda Dyson, 35.
Mr Weaving who has lived in the same house at Hill Top all his life, said he was looking forward to going on holiday with his wife and spending time with his six-year-old grandson, Harvey.
"When you work for yourself it is constant, seven days a week," he added.
"Rosemary and I are looking forward to going on holiday, as we have never really been able to go anywhere because of the business. We would like to go abroad.
"I also enjoy walking and gardening and now hope that with a bit more time to myself I can relax a bit more," he said.
Mrs Dyson will continue to manage the shop for new owners M&M Sykes, which is run by three farming brothers from the Slaithwaite area.
And Paul Clayton, who served his apprenticeship at the shop, has returned there.