Binley Woods butcher Scott Moran is celebrating 25 years in business – having survived the horse meat scandal, the BSE scare and a recession (writes Jon Cleaver).
Scott, 58, is originally from Coventry and started life as an aerial rigger, before training as a butcher at Boakes the Butcher in the City Arcade, Coventry.
After his training Scott took a post at the One Stop store in Binley before becoming assistant manager at the new Tesco store at Cannon Park, Coventry.
He said: “I enjoyed my time in store but wanted to run my own business.”
Scott visited Binley Woods after learning of empty shops in Woodlands Road and took on a lease.
He said: “I liked Binley Woods and decided to move here when I took on the shop.” Scott opened the shop on March 31 1990.
One of his first customers through the door was local resident Bev Green. She said: “I stood at the door waiting for it to open. I have been coming since then. Congratulations to Scott he has done well to survive.”
Working alongside Scott, wife of four years Jenny Moran said: “The community spirit is wonderful and we have been well supported by the villagers.”
Scott has been involved in the village, working with Binley Woods Primary School, for which he has held pig roasts and supplied pork batches for open days and fetes.
He said: “It is nice that we now have former schoolchildren who marry and move back into the village who support us.”
Jenny and Scott are pictured above being congratulated by Bev Green.