NFMFT grieves the passing of former president Ken Wakelin

The meat industry has been mourning the loss of former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) president Ken Wakelin, who passed away on Wednesday 6 January following a short illness. 

Wakelin traded for more than 50 years through his business KFC Wakelin Butchers in Wye, Kent, and was described as a “long-standing and valued representative of the members [NFMFT] in the south east region” by current NFMFT chief executive Roger Kelsey.

At various times in his career, Wakelin served as both area and regional president within the Kent and Sussex Area Council. He replaced George Nye in 1990 on the executive council of the NFMFT, where he spent time on the federation’s slaughtering, parliamentary and training and education committees.

Serving as president elect in 1996 and the federation’s president in 1997, Wakelin found himself at the centre of controversy during and in the aftermath surrounding a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis.

As an expert livestock buyer, he acted as the trade’s independent trade’s representative on the Meat & Livestock Commission’s (MLC) Sheep Strategy Council during the late 1990s.

Wakelin retired from the executive council in 2014 after the death of his wife Rosemary and continuing poor health.

Kelsey added: “He will be missed by customers, colleagues and friends.”

There will be a memorial service held at the Church of St Gregory and St Martin, Wye, Kent, on Tuesday 26 January at 12.30pm.

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