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Bridport Butcher Keeps Impressive Company

R J Balsom

8:12am 28th May 2013
(Updated 8:13am 28th May 2013)

The Queen's Bankers are heading for a small family run butchers in Bridport.

Coutts & Co, along with eleven other businesses which have each traded continuously for more than 300 years, are coming to see the daddy of them all...R J Balson's which can beat them all with 478 years of family run service.

'Tercentenarians Club' members take it in turns each year to host a get together in their premises.

Other members of the '13' include posh retailer Fortnum & Mason, Freebody  the London boatbuilders and founders R.Durtnell & Son builders.

Next year it will be Balson's turn to host an event. Owner Richard Balson's promising a sausage making demonstration in the current shop, which has been in West Allington since 1880.

Richard's also been planning ahead, hoping  his son and grandson will see the business through to their 500th anniversary, in 2035.

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