FIRST the bad news – a famous Dewsbury name that has been a part of the town’s fabric since the reign of Queen Victoria is disappearing.
AE Cross Pork Butchers Ltd was put into voluntary liquidation last week.
And now the good news – its famous pies, mucky fat, black pudding, belly pork and meat products will be available from the familiar market shop in Corporation Street, with the same familiar faces providing high quality produce to the same, age-old recipes.
Expect the queues for the famous stand pies to start early on Christmas Eve, as usual!
The only difference will be a new name – Ridings Pork Butchers. Glenn Riding, great grandson of founder Albert Edward Cross, has worked in the family business for 37 years – since he was a lad of 14 – and is continuing on, although the deli stall inside the covered market has closed.
Glenn was trained as a butcher by his grandad Sidney and uncle Keith Cross, who left the business to him and his cousin – Keith’s daughter – Joanne McGowan when he retired. Glenn said it was “with a heavy heart,” that he and Joanne decided to go their separate ways and retire the Cross’s name.
But this week he called on local people to help keep Dewsbury town centre and especially its traditional market businesses going.
“It’s an old saying ‘use it or lose it’,” said Glenn. “We really need local people to come and support all the great little independent businesses in the town.
“We all know Dewsbury has had its struggles over recent years, and the closing of Marks & Spencer’s was a turning point, but there are lots of us still battling on.
“We want to keep the market tradition going for as long as possible in the town. It’s had its problems, its ups and downs, but it isn’t long since this was a national, award-winning market and you can still shop here and get things the supermarkets simply don’t provide, and at fantastic prices too.”
Glenn decided to rename the shop, still at 28 Corporation Street, in tribute to his parents Jack and Wendy Riding.
“I want to reassure people we’re still selling the same produce, made from the same sources and with the same recipes as we have for all of these many years. The name’s changed, but it’s very much business as usual!”