Butcher wins high praise in Parliament

A Northumberland butcher has narrowly missed out on a national award.

The Blagdon Farm Shop near Stannington has ben named a runner-up in the Butcher category of the Countryside Alliance Awards.

The gongs, dubbed the rural Oscars, were presented by Secretary of State for the Department of Energy, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Patterson at the Houses of Parliament last week.

Regional champions from across the UK and Ireland were invited to attend, including the Blagdon business.

The awards aim to celebrate the rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage of businesses, and the Blagdon Farm Shop was highly commended in its category.

Judges said: “Blagdon always has wonderful produce and the butchery counter is a must-visit.”