Gadsden says farewell after 48 years' service

The industry paid tribute to Chris Gadsden last week who has retired after serving the trade in various secretarial capacities for 48 years.

More than 100 attended a lunch in his honour at Butchers' Hall, London.

From his first job in the trade in 1958 as secretary to the South America Freight Committee, Gadsden went on to provide a secretariat for several meat organisations including the International Meat Trade Association, the New Zealand and Australian Agents Association, the Association of British Abattoir Owners, the Meat Industry Liaison Group, the National Association of Catering Butchers, and the National Association of Poultry Suppliers. Tributes were led by IMTA president Doug Brydges. He said Gadsden knew just about everybody in the UK industry and most people in the Australian, New Zealand and South American industries as well. Commenting on his secretarial skills he said he had the greatest ability to present a case that was highly persuasive and yet offended no one - no mean feat when it came to trade negotiations.

Replying Gadsden said he was astonished at the generosity of people who had wanted to come to his retirement lunch. He spoke of "the unfailing support" of his wife, Greta, who had been beside him for seven eighths of his working life. He had also received great support from office colleagues Margaret and Anna.

Gadsden went on to thank a host of people from trade associations, the government, and overseas embassies. "It's wonderful to see you all and I thank you for being here."

Liz Murphy succeeds Gadsden. Murphy said Gadsden had to cope with a number of crises in the industry. His working method in such situations was to keep calm, assess the situation and get the whole picture. "That's why you are so respected here and around the world," she told him

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