End of an era as butcher Roy says farewell to community

IT'S the end of an era for butcher Roy McKenna - who has chopped, minced and filleted for 22 years and is now putting his shop up for sale.'Roy started working at the Bridge Farm Shop on Montrose Road, Carterknowle, Sheffield, as a teenager, learning the trade from its previous owner and his older brother.
IT'S the end of an era for butcher Roy McKenna - who has chopped, minced and filleted for 22 years and is now putting his shop up for sale.'Roy started working at the Bridge Farm Shop on Montrose Road, Carterknowle, Sheffield, as a teenager, learning the trade from its previous owner and his older brother.

BUTCHER Roy McKenna is putting his shop up for sale after 22 years.

Roy started working at the Bridge Farm Shop on Montrose Road, Carterknowle, Sheffield, as a teenager, learning the trade from its previous owner and his older brother.

When the owner decided to sell, Roy snapped it up and the business has been a landmark in the area ever since.

Aged 57, father-of-two Roy is looking forward to retirement. The shop is to be auctioned at the next Blundells Auction House sale at Sheffield Park Hotel from 2pm on Tuesday.

He said: “This has always been a great job. I’ve learnt a trade through experience and I’ve had some fantastic regular customers over the years that we have seen week in, week out and I’ve even seen their children grow up. I really feel that I’ve been at the heart of the community in which everyone has been so friendly.’’

The shop – lot 18 in the auction – has a guide price of £50,000 to £70,000 and will be sold as an empty unit. The lot includes cold stores and larders and there is communal street parking at the front and rear.

Lucy Crapper, senior auctioneer at Blundells Auction House, said: “This is a rare opportunity for someone to acquire exceptional premises in a popular Sheffield suburb. The unit is situated next to a greengrocer and a newsagent and could easily be converted into a shop or takeaway, subject to planning consent.”

The shop is one of 19 properties going under the hammer, including land at Hawthorn Road, Hillsborough, which has a guide price of £35,000-plus.