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Gordon Frisby, butcher of Crowland

On Wednesday the 18th November 2020, 250 people lined North Street in Crowland to pay their respects to Gordon Frisby, who passed away on Thursday 29th October 2020. The cortège passed through Crowland before the funeral at Peterborough Crematorium, where the number of people present was limited because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Before 1904, Gordon Frisby’s shop was a private house. Then, the Stimson family bought it and began a butchery business.
In 1922, Sidney Augustus Speechley acquired the shop, followed by Sidney Truman Speechley.

Delivery van outside the shop (photograph from Jim Speechley)

Later on, the business came into the hands of George King, then Mick Close. Gordon Frisby acquired the shop in May, 1983. Gordon’s family, Gary, Karen, and Tim, helped to run the business.

Gordon, Sandra Clarey, and Gordon’s brother Martin on Pancake Day
Kevin Clow and Gordon outside the shop

Gordon Frisby planned to retire in early 2020, but decided to carry on for a while longer and serve his customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After he passed away on the 29th, the last day of trading under the Frisby name fell on Saturday 31st October, 2020. Since then the shop has been acquired by Graze-N-Bones, but will be managed with minimal changes by Kevin, Sue and Paul.

Kevin and Tim
Gordon Frisby, photographed by Philip Green

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