League of Gentlemen butchers closes after 100 years

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It has been a local shop for generations of local people, but a butchers based in the town used by a legendary TV comedy is closing.

J W Mettrick & Son has been a fixture in Hadfield – the town that doubled up as Royston Vasey in The League of Gentlemen – for more than 100 years.

It has won many awards for its pies, sausages and other “special stuff”.

Owner John Mettrick said customers struggling to access the shop was one of the reasons for closing.

“It’s been a very, very tough decision, one we’ve agonised over for at least a couple of years,” he said.

“We’re just finding the village is becoming more and more residential on the main street, and we don’t have any controlled parking outside the shop, so basically people can park there and leave their cars there all day while they’re going to Manchester on the train.

“Customers just can’t get to us – the footfall’s been coming down, and obviously overheads only go one way, and that’s up.”

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