Trib­utes to top butcher, Des

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Hobson's Choice - By TARA DUN­DON

A RENOWNED Peter­bor­ough butcher, known for mak­ing some of the best “bangers” around, has died.

Crow­land sausage-maker Des Barker passed away shortly af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer.

The 74-year-old of Post­land Road, Crow­land, was born in Whit­tle­sey in 1935 and, af­ter leav­ing school at the age of 15, went to work for butch­ers A.W Parkin­son in Ged­ney Hill.

He quickly acquired the skills of the trade and be­fore long he be­came a part­ner in the busi­ness.

In 1964, Mr Barker with a part­ner found an empty shop in West Street, Crow­land and they de­cided, to set up their own butch­ers called Parkin­son’s of Crow­land.

His mouth-wa­ter­ing pork sausages were made us­ing a se­cret recipe us­ing only tip top in­gre­di­ents – and no ad­di­tives.

Banger-barmy fans would travel from as far as Buck­ing­hamshire, Kent and York just to get their hands Mr Barker’s prized sausages.

Pay­ing trib­ute to the pop­u­lar sausage-maker, his wife of 51 years, Mar­garet (67), said: “Des’s motto about his sausages was ‘al­ways eaten, never beaten’.

“He en­tered var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions, most of which he won. “In 1997 his fresh Lin­colnshire sausages were recog­nised in na­tional mag­a­zine, Coun­try Liv­ing. He also ap­peared on TV in a pro­gramme called Out To Lunch With Brian Turner.

“Not only was he a great butcher, he was also a ter­rific en­tre­pre­neur and spent a lot of time rais­ing money for var­i­ous char­i­ties.”

The cou­ple met at a dance in Palmer­stone Road, Wood­ston, Peter­bor­ough, when Mar­garet was just 16 and they mar­ried at St Mark’s Church, in Lin­coln Road two years later.

They went on to have four chil­dren: Neil, Karen, Philippa and Cather­ine and eight grand­chil­dren.

Mr Barker’s other love was golf and he would spend most of his spare time at Spald­ing Golf Course.

Mrs Barker, who did the ac­counts for the butcher’s shop, added: “Des was a fan­tas­tic hus­band and fa­ther – a fan­tas­tic guy all round.” His fu­neral was held at Crow­land Abbey on June 2.

POP­U­LAR: Award-win­ning butcher Des Barker, of Parkin­son’s of Crow­land, has died at the age of 74.

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