Most, if not all of our customers will know Ian as he has been working continuously in this shop for 26 years! (In fact he even spent some time working here in the 1980’s too). That makes him a proper Crouch End institution and a great part of the local high street. For all this time Ian has been bringing to the shop his traditional butchery skills, knowledge and experience, along with preparation and cooking advice, friendly service and of course a good helping of butchers banter. All of which is a considerable achievement and very appreciated.
Hanging Up His Apron
We are saying goodbye to Ian this week as he is retiring and hanging up his apron. He has had a long career as a butcher leaving school at 14 to begin his first job. So young in fact that even in 1969 at he was only allowed to work half days.
Such a long service means that you have time to make friends and relationships with many local customers and other traders. So despite all the restrictions in place Morley Butchers has been very busy with customers taking time to leave cards, gifts and messages congratulating Ian on his career and retirement.
So today along with the traditional gifts we formally said a big “thank you”, “goodbye” and “we wish you the very best of retirements”. Not to mention the “Cheers!” that goes with that bottle of whiskey.
People also sent messages via social media.
Yes he is an institution. And a lovely guy also. Remind him of John and Mary who thought great deal of him and had a few laughs. Tell him he can DM us if he wants. Certainly wishing him a great retirement with his Mary.
— Mary O’S (@threedisgraces) August 16, 2020
He hasn’t tried to chop off his own hand again has he?
Best of luck Ian!
— Crouch End Forum (@crouchendforum) August 16, 2020
Happy Retirement Ian! ❤
— HaringeyBites (@HaringeyBites) August 18, 2020
Wishing Ian a great retirement, lots more time to get out on the bike.
— Steph Rubbo Saddlery (@silverfernbags) August 16, 2020
Thanks for always having a smile Ian. Never went in shop much but you always had a smile for me and my toddlers…. they are 27 and 24 now and you still say hello to them. All the bestx
— Chi (@netkinski) August 16, 2020
Please send my very best wishes to Ian. We spent much happy time chatting about ton-up boys, Frank Zappa and Ian’s favourite meal, meat and two meats. Richard Oliver
— roliver (@roliver) August 17, 2020
Well we’re certainly going to miss the old codger! A brilliant butcher and a thoroughly good bloke. Happy retirement, Ian, get out on that motorbike of yours! Liz & Katherine x
— Spence Bakery (@spencebakery) August 16, 2020