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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-02921

Celebrating 33 Years of Craigies Butchers

Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Thursday, January 27, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Sharon Dowey, Annabelle Ewing, Meghan Gallacher, Pam Gosal, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Douglas Ross, Alex Rowley, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance

That the Parliament notes with sadness that Craigie Butchers, a family-run wholesale butcher in Orkney, will be closing its doors at the end of this month after 33 years trading; understands that the wholesale butcher, based at the Hall of Yenstay in the east mainland of Orkney, which has been owned by the Craigie family for over 200 years, has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of premium-quality meat products in Orkney; highlights what it sees as the success of The Brig Larder, a conglomeration of Craigies Butchers with local fishmongers, Jollys of Orkney, run by George Stout, and a wine, beer and spirits purveyors, John Scott & Miller, jointly owned by Thorfinn and George, which was established in 2014 in Kirkwall; notes that Craigie Butchers have also scooped a number of prestigious local and national awards, including Best Meat Supplier/Best Producer at Orkney Food and Drink Awards in 2016, four gold awards at the Scottish Craft Butcher Awards in 2017 and Best Meat-Based Product at the Orkney Food and Drink Awards in 2018; understands that Craigies Butchers also pioneered the use of sustainably-managed Orkney goose, and has offered a popular selection of products using this healthy seasonal meat; commends Craigies Butchers for what it sees as their commitment to high-quality, locally-farmed and traceable Orkney beef, lamb and pork, and to supporting the local community by offering home-delivered meat packs during the COVID-19 pandemic; understands that Thorfinn has decided, after 33 years, that it is time for a new challenge; wishes Thorfinn and Katherine Craigie, as well as all the staff at Craigie Butchers, the very best for the future, and thanks them for their excellent service to the Orkney community.