UK’s oldest working butcher dies

A Scottish butcher who worked for more than 70 years in the trade has died aged 91.

Jim Pyrie of Newtyle, near Dundee, started work in 1933 and only took retirement two years ago, aged 87. Before his retirement he was thought to be the oldest working butcher in the UK.

Pyrie opened his own business in Newtyle in 1963. According to his family, during his life he amassed an astonishing 131 UK and international awards. This included, in 2005, the Scottish Sausage Championship and Scottish Haggis Championship.

A keen fisherman Mr Pyrie is survived by son Alan, daughter-in-law Norma and grandchildren Catriona and Gordon.