A CHORLEY butcher and his staff are looking forward to a brighter 2019 as they have reopened on the market - just weeks after they had to shut.

David Critchley had a horror call on Halloween when he found out that Crawshaws had gone into administration and his staff were being made redundant.

However, he has just created Critchleys Farm on the Market and managed to save their jobs, and he has been amazed by the response by the public.

He said: “My dad was a farmer and I am from a farming family and then we have had some great news to stay open.

“We are getting all our food supplied locally as we have a butchers from Leyland doing our sausages.

“The cooked meats are also local.

“Our first two weeks since we reopened have been busy as people have been coming back to see if we are open.

“Everyone has been great as they have been ringing me to see if they could lend me some money just to try to get us to start up again.

“I have always wanted to run my own business and people have been telling me that I have done it for 20 years and I should do so.

“It has taken some time but we want our customers to know that we are open again.”

David thinks it is also good for the town that he has managed to return.

“I am made up and every customer has been positive.

“It is a big unit where we are. If would have been an eyesore if we could not have reopened

David says they are going to be helping people who had ordered their turkeys before Crawshaws went under, and try to offer a service to them.

“We managed to take a note of all the people who ordered them and we have managed to get in touch with them to see if they still need them.”

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