Michael and Barbara Leech as small children (second generation) Pictured during the George V Silver Jubilee celebrations 1935 - showing van still with previous owners name. (Due to rain all day the costume crepe paper trousers knees had virtually disintegrated!).

A long established butcher, farmer and grazier in Royston.

Cecil Arthur Leech who was born in 1900 into a seafaring family in Yarmouth decided to become a butcher and following training in his home town moved to Royston to avoid the seasonal trade of the seaside location. Initially he worked for Stanley Hoy who was a long established butcher, farmer and grazier in Royston. However, locally the opportunity arose to run this business and subsequently purchase it, which he did in 1934 from the Disbrey family.

State-of-the-art abattoir.

The shop in Melbourn

Following on, Michael and Barbara Leech took the business over with Cecil eventually fully retiring from work in around 1975, giving him more time for his interest in bowls, becoming amongst other, president of the Eastern Counties Bowls Association. During their watch a new state-of-the-art abattoir was built, the product range was increased and the main shop was doubled in size during the eighties to incorporate the Delicatessen department.

Meanwhile, David and Simon were learning all aspects of the trade from the bottom up both practically and through the institute of meat examinations, Smithfield College London. Into the new millennium they took over the full running of the business further expanding the range of products with most new of them produced on site at Melbourn. More recently the new outlet was opened at Burwash Manor to service and expand a growing customer base in the Cambridge area.

Michael and Barbara Leech took the business over with Cecil eventually fully retiring from work in around 1975. During their watch a new state-of-the-art abattoir was built, the product range was increased and the main shop was doubled in size during the eighties to incorporate the Delicatessen department.




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