Mother and son vow to keep butcher’s going

Dean Mark is taking over the butcher's shop in Eyemouth from John Foreman.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Dean Mark is taking over the butcher's shop in Eyemouth from John Foreman.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A mother and son have stepped in to keep an eyemouth butcher’s shop in business after it had been set for closure.

It emerged last week that John Foreman, whose name adorns the shop on Chapel Street, was looking to concentrate on his Norham shop.

But rather than see the Eyemouth branch close, Dean Mark and his mother Ann are stepping in.

“John’s last day will be on Saturday,” Dean explained, “and then it’s us.

“We just want to reassure everyone that we’re not closing. The other thing is, I’m not sure how people think a butcher’s is run, but we will be dealing with the same high quality suppliers as before.

“We will want to be trying to offer things like special pensioners’ packs and £10 packs.”

And Dean laughs off nay suggestion it might be tricky working with family.

“My mum’s been here four or five months now, and we don’t argue or anything.

“I’ve worked here before,” Dean continued, “and then I went off doing other things, but when I came back, it was as if I’d never left.

“Another thing I’m wanting to do is to get wi-fi put in the shop, and do online ordering,” said Dean. “I think that’s a nice mix of the traditional and the modern.

“Because nowadays, so many young people just go to supermarket and buy what they see, but if they see an offer on Facebook, then that encourages them to hopefully buy local.”

The only other thing to think of is what to call the shop now that it’s no longer Foreman’s: “I’m sure people will have some ideas,” laughed Dean.