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Published:  24 January, 2007

A Yorkshire butcher is shutting up shop after 44 years in business. Ken Walker, 76, is closing Walkers of Pannal next Saturday after a lifetime in butchery.

Ken started as a butcher's boy when he was just 12 in the 1940s and after a stint in the Royal Air Force, opened his shop.

Now he is retiring and does not know who will take over the business, but said: "I would like it to stay a butcher's shop."

The community will miss the shop, which has been a feature of life in the village for so long, and have organised a tea party in Ken's honour this week.

"People keep coming into the shop and saying 'you can't go, you can't go, you've no right to go' but you've got to go sometime," Ken said.

Ken will also miss the shop. "I've always enjoyed it," he said.