An award-winning Yorkshire butcher’s shop has produced the UK’s top trainee for the second time.
Andrew Barraclough, 19, who has worked for Geo Middlemiss & Son in Otley for three years, kept an appointment with royalty to collect his meat trade student of the year prize.
Andrew, who attended the town’s Prince Henry’s Grammar School, maintained a family tradition when he started work as a trainee butcher, first at Wilkinsons in Otley and then with Geo Middlemiss. He remembers regular visits to his great uncle’s shop as a youngster, which gave him a taste for butchery.
His boss Peter Middlemiss praised Andrew for his achievement and also tutors at Thomas Danby College in Leeds who he said had nurtured their students.
Mr Middlemiss said: “Andrew is the second of our trainees to achieve this national award, so we must be doing something right.
“He was put forward by Thomas Danby College along with the best students from around the country and it is a great achievement for him to come out on top. The college looks after its students and nurtures them, which helps their progress,”
Andrew, who has now completed his college studies, was presented with the advanced certificate of The Meat Training Council and Institute of Meat, by Princess Anne at the Worshipful Company of Butchers Hall in London.
Andrew said: The Princess asked me how I had stated in butchery and how my training had gone.
“It was a thrill to meet royalty and I’m delighted to have won the award.”
Meanwhile, butchers Ellisons of Cullingworth and Lishman’s of Ilkley were both regional runners-up in the Countryside Alliance regional rural awards Both firms, which belong to the national Butchers Q Guild, which represents top meat traders, have previously won many regional and national industry awards The Countryside Alliance Awards celebrate the characters, produce, traditions and enterprise of the countryside.