The Butcher’s Convention
The Second World War was, no doubt, a bit of a tough time for shop keepers. Coping with all of the regulations must have been onerous, with customer’s ration books to be dealt with. Customers were registered with specific shops so there was little chance of any extra trade. On top of that, prices were controlled by government edict.
It was in these conditions that a group of Wiltshire butchers met in Market Lavington.
We believe the year was 1940, and the butchers met to share ideas on coping with rationing.
Mr Francis, the Market Lavington butcher is the right hand man standing in the shop doorway. We do not know who the other butchers were. The group is standing outside the shop in Market Lavington which was run by Mr Francis.
How wonderful, that in times of difficulty, the local rivals came together for mutual support.
There’s new information on this photo. We had Les Francis named as the man at the right in the doorway. Next to him is George Pike who had the other butcher’s shop in Market Lavington.
At the extreme left is Les Francis’s son, Peter who gave up butchery to become the village photographer.
In the front row, second from the right hand end is Bob Cowdrey and fourth from the right is Bob Wishart.
Yet more information has come from Mark Douse who is the present day butcher in the shop shown in the photo.