Turnbull’s extends ‘meals on wheels’ service

A Northumberland Q Guild butcher is adding a second mobile shop to its long-standing ‘meals on wheels’ service.

Turnbull’s Butchers in Alnwick has been serving local communities with its travelling shop for generations, and has now acquired a second van. A service will operate five days a week to villages within a 20-mile radius of Alnwick.

Daniel Turnbull, 23-year-old son of owner Mark Turnbull, came up with the idea for an additional vehicle. He said: “Generations of the Turnbull family have taken the wheel of our travelling shop. In fact, I’m told we first started delivering meat by horse and cart. For numerous years, it has provided a vital community service to our rural communities.
“It is much more than just a butcher’s shop on wheels. It is part of our heritage and has become an important resource for people of all ages in our surrounding villages, notably as a lifeline to the elderly and less able-bodied, who may find it difficult to get into town to shop with us.  
The new van was supplied and converted for Turnbull’s by established manufacturer and supplier of mobile catering units Catering Units of Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.

Daniel added: “I may still be relatively young, but I fully recognise the value of not only maintaining, but also actually extending this key facility to our outlying communities with the purchase of a second vehicle.”

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