A STOCKSFIELD butchers is to close after trading for over 100 years.

S. Whitelaw's, on Birches Nook, will shut up shop on July 23.

The business said it was with a heavy heart, but due to ill health and the economic climate, it could no longer trade.

Over the years, butchers Barry Turnbull, who has ran the business since he was 18, and Hugh Whitelaw, who has been behind the counter for more than 20 years, have seen a number of changes in the industry.

Traditionally, families would have had a joint of meat from a butcher every Sunday, but now, consumers have more choices with supermarkets stocking a range of meats and offering special deals and greater takeaway options.

They also said eating habits had changed, with people not eating as much meat or even cooking as much.

Barry and Hugh often advise people on how best to cook their meat or what cut to buy - some customers have already begun freezing their chicken, sausages or steaks before closing.

Whitelaws, as well as stocking a range of quality meat at a reasonable price, became famed for its pies - whether they be mince, steak or pork. Customers have been known to sit outside waiting for the shop, which continued to trade during lockdown, to open at 6.30 to get their fix.

Norman, Hugh's dad, who took over the business from his father Sid, Barry and Hugh thank customers - past and present- for their support, with some customers becoming friends.