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END OF AN ERA FAMILY BUTCHERS IN NEWPORT TO CLOSE AFTER 84 YEARS


Downer’s Butchers in Newport is to close its doors later this month after a staggering 84 years in business, it has been announced.

The family butchers on the corner of St James Street and Crocker Street began trading in the same year of King George V’s Silver Jubilee and the introduction of the 30mph speed limit.

Over the past 8 decades, the experienced butchers and counter staff have served tens of thousands of customers throughout World War II, the swinging 60s and right through to the digital age. 70-year-old Greg Downer took over the running of the business from his father, Ted, in 1975.

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E.E Downer has been a staple of the town but, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Ill health has been cited as the reason for the closure, with the doors set to close for the final time on 21st September.

A notice in the window reads:

“It is with the greatest regret that due to ill health, Downer Butchers will be closing its doors for the last time on the 21st September.

“We would like to thank all of you for your custom and friendship over the last 84 years. You have made it a pleasure to come to work each day. Thank you for the fond memories, laughter and fun.

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“We wish you all the best for the future.

“Best wishes, Greg, Steve and Yvonne”.

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Terry
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Terry

Nooooo, Greg, you’re far too young to retire. You have to do ” a little bit over”. Best wishes to all of you. Terry W.

Martin Ryde
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Martin Ryde

Best sausages ever… Such a shame,

Jane
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Jane

Gutted

Sheena warder
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Sheena warder

End of an era guys.the so called “giants”win again!!! Good luck to you all. Xxx

David
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David

Giants as in supermarkets? No, age won this one.

Sue Wendes
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Sue Wendes

We are so going to miss you Greg & Steve, not only for the beautiful produce, but the entertaining duo you were with your quick wit, your caring nature for looking after my Father in law, when he wandered into your shop with Alzheimer’s and you gave him tea, whilst you contacted us to fetch him
your kindness never forgotten.

The generations of family that frequented your buisness over the decades, we will be as many others, sad to see you go. To be able to run a Independant
buisness for 84yrs and compete against the big boys is a wonderful achievement to your friendliness and Professionalism.

Hoping the rest you deserve will regain your good health.

Regards Sue & Rodney Wendes. Xxx

Allan
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Allan

Well you have done a great service to a lot of people and should be proud of that. Although we live in Cowes and have been in your shop many times to get verbal abus, sorry banter. Thank to you all.

Bryan Mchugh
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Bryan Mchugh

Used to love going in this butchers when I was a youngster back in the late 40s. probably when it was your Grandad running the business. I was born in the old Trooper Inn so remember them well

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