Britain’s oldest female butcher plans to keep going

Marian Voyce of FC Voyce recently turned 83 but has no plans to stop working just yet
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The nation's oldest female butcher has recently turned 83 but has no plans to retire just yet. 

Marian Voyce, of FC Voyce in Gloucestershire, has been working in the shop since 1959 and worked with her husband Lionel until his death in 2000.

She plans to keep going for as long as possible as she feels butchers can still play an important part of the high street even if the shop isn’t as busy as it used to be.

“In all my years working here I have never known it so quiet,” she said. “I find it really sad to be quite honest. Having worked here for so many years, it is such a big difference.

The shop boasts chairs by the counter where local people can sit and chat while she works, creating a community hub.

“It is a typical old fashioned butchers,” she added. “We do have a refrigerated window and we have a marble block as the counter. A lot of people who visit say it is lovely to come into a place that is so old fashioned and that there’s nowhere else that people can get together like this.”

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