Thursday, 21 September 2017

Paxman reopens butchers using meat cleaver

BROADCASTER Jeremy Paxman opened a refurbished butcher?s shop in Watlington by cutting a string of sausages.

BROADCASTER Jeremy Paxman opened a refurbished butcher?s shop in Watlington by cutting a string of sausages.

The former Newsnight presenter?s appearance at Calnan Brothers in High Street attracted a large crowd who gathered outside to take pictures while they waited to be served.

Paxman told them: ?It?s such a pleasant change from having to read party manifestos or, as they?re known in the trade, a pack of lies!

?I think shops make a town. Obviously it has to have a pub, a church or two, a meeting hall, and it has to have somewhere where people can satisfy those every day needs for vegetables, for chocolate, here of course, and particularly for meat.

?Now I know this won?t be something that appeals to most vegetarians but I don?t care ? I have sampled Calnan?s produce for many years, I can?t recommend it strongly enough.?

Paxman, who lives at Stonor, paid tribute to the shop?s ?terrific? sausages before cutting a string of them. Tom Calnan, who runs the shop, said: ?Thank you to Jeremy, he?s a great person so it?s a pleasure to have you here.? He thanked his staff, family and customers for their support.

The building is about 300 years old and Grade II listed. The refurbishment involved installing a meat-ageing cabinet, new flooring, tills and scales, updating the meat counters, repainting and fitting new awnings. The work took about five months to plan.

Mr Calnan said: ?We didn?t want to lose the characteristics of the building and we didn?t want to modernise it too much.?

Henley MP John Howell, who attended the ceremony, said: ?It?s great to see shops refurbish themselves in this way and revitalise the high street, particularly in towns like Watlington, which have got a great sense of community.?

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