Wasp sting kills butcher

A wasp has stung and killed a Black Country butcher.

Alan Foster, 72, was bitten in his shop, Alan Foster Butchers, High Street, Aldridge, on Saturday 13 August, and died on his way to Walsall Manor Hospital.

Alan entered butchery at 15, when he left school. He opened the Aldridge shop 26 years ago. Its home-cured bacon was named the best in the West Midlands by the British Pig Executive and it won awards for its sausages. Alan’s superb customer service and top-quality produce attracted a large number of regular customers.

His nephew Paul Foster is continuing the family business. “The shop is still open, it’s business as usual, it’s what he would have wanted,” says Paul.

Black Country coroner Robin Balmain opened the inquest on Alan Foster on 17 August.

Alan leaves a long-term partner, Peggy Scott.

His death comes as other deaths from wasp stings have been reported.


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