Beloved Butchers Branded ‘Heart of the Community’ Shuts Down After 70 Years


After seven decades of serving the community, the adored East Runton Butchers in Cromer has closed its doors for the final time. The local business, which first opened in the 1950s, was considered the heart of the community by its loyal customers.

The popular butchers closed after more than three decades

Last Goodbyes and Retirement

On Tuesday, October 31, customers bid their last goodbyes to the East Runton Butchers as it shut down permanently. The owner, 76-year-old Brian Hodgett, who had been a butcher since the age of 16, announced his retirement after almost 30 years at the shop. Hodgett expressed mixed emotions, stating that the customers were not just shoppers but friends.

A Fond Farewell

Runton Parish Council clerk, Barbara Emery, shared her admiration for Hodgett, describing him as kind, generous, and funny. She also noted that people from both near and far relied on the butchers. However, Emery expressed sadness over the fact that no one wants to take over small village businesses like East Runton Butchers.

Similar Closures Across the Country

The closure of East Runton Butchers is not an isolated incident. Another long-standing butcher’s shop, CN Wright Butchers in Codnor, Derbyshire, which had been in operation since 1888, has also announced its closure. Quality Butchers Dunbar in East Lothian and GH Porter Provisions in Nottinghamshire have also shut down recently.

In each case, the owners have cited retirement or financial difficulties as the reasons for closing their businesses, leaving customers heartbroken and communities without these cherished local establishments.

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