A Butcher Boy
Benford's in Simpson Road
In about 1955 I started working as a butcher boy for Mr Benford in Simpson Road, Bletchley. Every Saturday morning I started at 8-30 a.m. and worked until 1-00 p.m. My round covered Fenny Stratford, Water Eaton and Bletchley.
I used a bicycle with a small wheel at the front underneath the large basket. The joints of meat were prepared ready for delivery on my first round when I arrived.
In between deliveries I would mince beef on a machine in a room behind the shop. Another of my jobs was to tie string round the joints of meat after Mr Benford had boned them.
Sometimes I would be sent down the road to Rowlands timber yard to collect a bag of sawdust for the shop floor.
I enjoyed my time as a butcher boy, I got used to earning a wage (10 shillings a week) and the discipline of working regularly and keeping to a strict routine.