Pateley butchers in the running for top award

NAPB 1411046AM2 Weatherhead Butchers. Martin Broadhead, James Sykes, Colin Robinson and David Newby of H. Weatherhead and Sons. (1411046AM2)

NAPB 1411046AM2 Weatherhead Butchers. Martin Broadhead, James Sykes, Colin Robinson and David Newby of H. Weatherhead and Sons. (1411046AM2)

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A prize-winning butchers shop in Pateley Bridge is in the running to be named champion of champions for the whole of the UK.

H Weatherhead & Sons, of the High Street, has been shortlisted for the award by the Countryside Alliance.

This is to mark the awards’ 10th anniversary and sees the Alliance pitch past winners against one another for the chance to be named champion of champions.

“It’s great to be shortlisted,” owner and director Andrew Weatherhead, 48, who runs the shop with dad Ian. “We get to go to the House of Lords again! We represent Yorkshire, and if we win it helps to put Yorkshire on the map. We just need the most votes.”

Weatherheads is up against six other shops in the UK in the traditional category, with voting open until November 30.

“The Champion of Champions scheme is a true celebration of our produce, communities and businesses,” said Jill Grieve, awards director. “Many of the best businesses in the country are in the mix and I would urge everyone to get voting.”

Weatherheads was shortlisted after previously winning an Alliance award, based on its quality of food, sourcing of produce and heritage - which it has in spades.

One of the longest-running shops in Pateley Bridge, it can trace back its history 137 years and is currently run by the fifth generation of the same family.

“The shop was originally my great, great, great grandfather’s,” said Mr Weatherhead. “We’ve got butchering on both sides of the family, my wife Sally is a farmer, and even our daughter Molly, six, helps out a bit.

“When I started her, at 15, there were four generations of my family working in the shop.

“We use as much local stock as we can, and try and treat our customers well. We have one customer who’s nearly a 100, she’s never been to another butcher shop. You can’t beat that.”

To vote visit www.country sideallianceawards.org.uk.