Butch­ers is right kind of busi­ness

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points of view -

It could have been Ben­jamin Dis­raeli, or pos­si­bly Mark Twain, who coined the ex­pres­sion ‘Lies, damned lies and statis­tics’, and I be­lieve Win­ston Churchill made use of the ex­pres­sion – even though he would never read how our coun­cil spokespersons would de­scribe as Ash­ford High Street as be­ing ‘vi­brant’ and ‘thriv­ing’. Their stated rea­son for this is based purely upon statis­tics. Our High Street, ap­par­ently has a higher per­cent­age of oc­cu­pied shop premises than most other, sim­i­lar-sized towns. Let us sup­pose that ev­ery shop were to be oc­cu­pied by hair­dressers or es­tate agents or phone shops to the ex­tent that the fig­ure stood at 100 per­cent oc­cu­pancy. No one would ever con­sider that to be a vi­brant town cen­tre. How­ever, there has been a fresh sign of life in our town cen­tre. A busi­ness that can only be wel­comed by ev­ery­one (ve­g­ans and veg­e­tar­i­ans ex­cepted). At long last, just across from the John Wal­lis pub, we have a proper butcher’s shop, sell­ing fresh, well hung meat which, as any car­ni­vore will at­test has tex­ture and flavour far su­pe­rior to that of the frozen, longterm chilled, vac­uum-packed of­fer­ings we’ve un­for­tu­nately be­come ac­cus­tomed to buy­ing from su­per­mar­kets. Yes, su­per­mar­ket pro­duce may be a few pence per pound cheaper and yes, it may be a lit­tle eas­ier to chuck the weekly joint into the su­per­mar­ket trol­ley but, if we truly want a proper High Street, then it’s up to us to sup­port TK ‘s Fam­ily Butcher and any other in­di­vid­ual traders who are pre­pared to take a risk and put their faith in us. And so to the North Park. Mrs. B and I went along on Sun­day af­ter­noon and spent a very pleas­ant five hours or so at Fes­ti­val in the Park, lis­ten­ing to var­i­ous bands and solo per­form­ers and catch­ing up with old friends and ac­quain­tances. It was a won­der­ful day out for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren. And, on the sub­ject of young chil­dren, there was a su­perb dis­play of cheer­lead­ing/dance per­formed by mem­bers of the Blos­som Dance School. The school takes chil­dren from three to six­teen years of age and it is clear that they are taught by an imag­i­na­tive and en­thu­si­as­tic lady. Clearly a great week­end for all.

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