A FAMILY-run butcher’s has said goodbye to a colleague and friend of 40 years.
Butcher Raymond Carter has retired after working for Joseph Morris in Walcote Road, South Kilworth, for the last four decades.
The 65-year-old said: “It’s very sad to be leaving, it’s been a lifetime’s work.
“I had cards and presents from customers and some were in tears.
“I’ve been happy here working at the butcher’s.”
A party for staff and friends will be held on Saturday to celebrate Mr Carter’s time and dedication to the business and community.
Helen Watts, director of Joseph Morris, which also has shops in Rugby and Wigston, said: “He’s been a loyal and valuable member of staff who’s never let us down.
“The customers will miss him as well.
“It will leave a hole that will be very hard to replace.”
Mr Carter said: “When I first started work at the butchers, there were six people, now there is about 60 and they have now got three shops instead of one.
“There has been a big expansion of the company.”
Outside of work, he is the club champion at South Kilworth Bowling Club and he says he is looking forward to playing more in retirement.
Mr Carter, who lives in Lutterworth, said: “I have got a few jobs in the pipeline around the household and in the garden and a few jobs to do for the children.”
He is married to Linda who is also retired.
They have two children and four grandchildren and are looking forward to doing more together.
Joseph Morris was established in the years between the two World Wars by Joseph Morris himself, the present proprietor’s father and the business is in its third generation.
All the livestock sold at Joseph Morris is sourced from Leicestershire farms.