South Wales butcher shuts after 100 years

A South Wales butcher’s shop has finally closed up – after four generations in the same family and more than 100 years of trading.

Ken Williams, 84, has finally pulled down the shutters at Ken’s in Pontyclun to take his retirement.

The business was first opened in 1890 by his great grandfather and Ken himself began working when he  was just 14. His years of service to business were recognised in 2009, when the Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan took him to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

He said: “It’s the end of an era. I’m sorry I couldn’t keep it going myself because it’s been in the family for over 100 years and I enjoy it and my customers. But there’s not enough in it now to pay for a modern family.”

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