Graeme Shurey (Boog)
I have a long history in butchery, starting with an apprenticeship in Attleborough that lead to a career in various local butchers and an abattoir. I worked my way up to be a manager of a team of 15 at a butchers in Banham.
I started working at Laurels Farm Butchers in December 2016, taking over from Jerry Brown. I found myself in the deep end with Christmas looming and orders to sort, but in true Boog style, I rolled up my sleeves and got on with it. In May 2017, work was getting busy and I brought in my son George, a qualified butcher.
In September 2017, we officially took over the shop. It was a big risk in these tough times, but business has gone from strength to strength. We have exciting new ideas and are expanding our range products in the coming year.
I’m 22 years old and I’ve been butchering since I was 18. I started my butchering career at Morrison’s, but left when an apprenticeship scheme came up at a local butchers. I worked there for 2 years and got my qualifications for meat and poultry industrial skills, plus my Level 2 Health and Safety qualification.
Music and football are my two main hobbies. I love live music and am a Tottenham Hotspur season ticket holder.
Our lovely Helen has been a cook for over 40 years, starting at Hartismere High School and then working at Laurels Farm Butchers for the past nine years. When we took the business, over Helen was very happy to continue working with us. She is a huge asset.
George has lived in Diss all his life and worked locally since 1960. He worked for Baxters and Dewhurst. George has been in the trade all of his adult life.
George was working at Laurels Farm Butchers when we took over and he was very happy to continue working with us. Lovely bloke and brilliant butcher.