An award-winning Northumberland butcher has hung up his apron for the last time.
Derek Jones, from Pegswood, has retired after an incredible 52 years working at various shops in and around Morpeth.
Leaving school at 15 years old, he had hoped to join the RAF.
However, circumstances led to him starting as a butchers’ apprentice at Rutherfords – which was then situated beside the Chantry in Morpeth.
Learning all aspects of traditional butchers skills, Derek went on to work at WM Lowes supermarket, Martins butchers and also Meat of Excellence, then finally at R Green and Son at Longframlington for the past five years.
While working at R Green’s, Derek was responsible for making the various flavours of sausage that have won many accolades, including picking up three gold awards at a national competition held in Milton Keynes last year.
In the world of sausage making, it is a fair to say that Derek knows what he is doing.
Chris Green said: “Derek will be a huge miss, however, he’s done his bit.
“His knowledge of butchery is great and it’s sad to see that butchers like Derek are hard to replace.
“We all wish him well for the future.”