Much-loved butcher John Laking passes on

John Laking, a popular Lincolnshire butcher, passed away on 29 September in Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. 

Laking played an active role in the community and, with over six decades in the industry, he became a well-known figure. In 2001, he served as president of the Royal Smithfield Club and later as deputy president in 2002 when he assisted Prince Charles. During his time, he was presented to The Queen Mother and The Princess Royal when they attended the show, where he also served as a regular judge.

According to the Grimsby Telegraph, he had been working at the shop for more than 60 years until he became recently ill.

People took to social media to express their grievance at the loss.

@FarmingHaiku wrote on Twitter: “Sad to learn of the passing of John Laking, legendary local and national award-winning butcher and family friend. He set the standard.”

Meanwhile, local coffee and sweet shop Jassies & Jassies Max wrote on Facebook: “It was with great sadness yesterday that we received the news that John Laking, of Lakings of Louth, has passed away. John had worked for more than 50 years to make Lakings of Louth what it is today. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and staff. RIP Mr John Laking.”

At over 100 years old, Lakings of Louth is a family butcher’s which has remained in the family for three generations and currently employs 40 staff.

The celebrated butcher is survived by his wife Di and four children.

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