REPUBLISHED: 116-year-old butchers in Ringwood criticise supermarkets for “conning” customers

I am republishing this story, which first appeared on, before moving to this new domain. This is the story of the oldest butchers in Ringwood, Hampshire, still serving a loyal clientele, after more than a century since the first shop was opened in the family. 

Read and watch the immersive story of Michael Charles Drew Patterson, who has been running oldest family business in Ringwood for decades. He warns against types of tricks used by supermarkets. The butcher warns about how local businesses struggle to compete in such an environment.

Watch the whole interview with Mr. Patterson below. He talks about his business and his family history, starting with his work experience aboard Queen Elisabeth. Mr. Patterson remembers fondly how he received a $200 dollars tip from a rich lady for caring for her pet.

With this story, I launched a new series of reports on local businesses in Hampshire and Dorset, as well as Birmingham to follow. Next, I will publish video and written content about the story of an independent art gallery in Weymouth. I will also interview the friendly owner of a new franchise cafe in Birmingham.

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