Britain’s sexiest butcher revealed

Marcus Harrison, Adrian Livesey's Butchers
Marcus Harrison from Adrian Livesey's Butchers has been named Britain's sexiest butcher
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Twenty-two-year-old Marcus Harrison from Adrian Livesey’s Butchers in Preston has been named as Britain’s sexiest butcher. 

To help promote National Butchers’ Week, Meat Trades Journal launched the competition to find the sexiest butcher in the nation. Its purpose was to provide a platform for butchery businesses to shout about the trade and help to endorse the industry as a sexy and relevant career path to take.

After a total of 1,735 votes were cast, Harrison was crowned the overall winner when voting closed at 7pm yesterday (Sunday 20 March 2016) evening.

“At first I didn’t go into it with any expectations really,” Harrison told Meat Trades Journal. “We’re only a small company, but it has gone really well. Customers have really followed the progress of how well we did.”

To help spread the word and encourage people to vote for Harrison, the business gave customers an incentive of a £15 meat voucher. Out of everyone who voted for the young butcher, one will be randomly selected as the recipient of the award.

Harrison said that since the competition, a lot of customers had not only supported and followed his progress, but the butchery trade as a whole. He noticed that there had been a considerable increase in younger people showing an interest.

“They’re just getting involved in it more now. People are actually seeing it as quite cool now,” he commented. “It has been nothing but positive.”

Harrison, who began his career in butchery at 15, was entered into the competition by his colleague Sam Livesey on the grounds that his passion for meat and the industry follows him out of the workplace and into his lifestyle choices. Livesey said his colleague follows a strict protein-based diet and encourages people to shop local and helps them in making the right purchase for their needs.

According to Livesey, the competition, in conjunction with National Butchers’ Week, has had a significant impact on the business. “It’s probably the best promotion we’ve ever had,” he claimed. “It has been very commendable to our customers and shows that we’ve got a great affinity with them. We get on so well with our customers and they’ve really, really supported us.

“It’s been a whirlwind. Trades increased, pushing 20%, and it has got our name out there.”

Callum Murray from Yarm Butchers in Stockton-on-Tees was voted in a solid second place while Ryan Bevington, Bradley Robinson and Warren Evans from Porthcawl Butchers in Porthcawl finished in a respectable third.

Other finalists were:

Jock Gibson – Macbeth’s
Kevin Cargill – Macbeth’s
Warren Pasquale – Barnyard Butchers
Steven Strachan – Hendersons Hamilton
Lee Evans – G N Badley & Sons
Tom Wood – Huntley’s Country Stores
Ron Etheridge – Villagers Fine Sausages
Julie Lodge – Stokesley Butchers
Jim Renicks – John G Renicks Family Butcher
Dave Sheppard – Andy Creese Butchers

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