Small Town Life from Martin Schell Part 2

This is another excerpt from  Martin Schell’s book Small Town Life: Fishguard in the 1960s and 1970s

 Marley Davies the butcher.

Marley Davies ran the butcher’s shop on the corner of the street opposite A&E Nicholls and Sons. It might seem odd that this was memorable to someone of such tender years, but going into Davies the Butcher was a sensory experience on so many levels. Not least of these was the oddly pleasant smell of fresh meat, and just as The Brodog seemed overstocked with carpentry hardware and A&E Nicholls and Sons was jammed with commodities from A to Z, there didn’t seem to be an inch of Mr Davies’s shop which wasn’t adorned or draped – possibly even festooned – with precisely trimmed pieces of meat.

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I’ve been into as many butcher’s shops as most people, but none of them stands out in my mind for being as clean or as complete as Marley Davies’s.  Everything looked – and no doubt was – fresh, and Mr Davies seemed like such a thoroughly decent man that in no way can I picture him using the notorious “butcher’s thumb” in order to depress the scales while weighing the customer’s purchase.

Martin Schell

All of Martin’s books are available to buy on Amazon Kindle and Small Town Life: Fishguard in the 1960s and 1970s is a snip at £2.50. We will be publishing some more from Martin’s book soon to whet the appetite, so watch this space…  

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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