Renowned Cheshire butcher dies

Third-generation Cheshire butcher John Vernon has died at the age of 82.

He was a former president of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) and, with son Andrew, won numerous retail awards at their shop and for their meat products in the medieval market town of Holt near Wrexham, Wales.

A service of thanksgiving for John's life is being held tomorrow (11 January) at 2pm at Brown Knowl Methodist Church, Sherrington's Lane, Broxton, Cheshire.

The NFMFT said Vernon joined the Federation in 1953, was president of Chester Association four times and president of the Cheshire Council three times. He joined theExecutive Council in 1982 and was national president in 1994, later becoming treasurer.

Among the awards that the Holt-based business of J T Vernon and Sons won was Wales winner of Meat Trade Journals Top Shop (now Butcher's Shop of the Year) three times and a finalist five times.

He was a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company ofButchers, a member of the Q Guild and of the Institute of Meat, being chairman of the North-West Branch in 1976 and a moderator for five years.

Former Meat Trades Journal editor Fred ACourt said John was one of the meat trades true gentlemen, always approachable and always with advice that was sensible and realistic.

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