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.
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.
“We wish you all the best for the future.
“Best wishes, Greg, Steve and Yvonne”.