ONE of the Fylde coasts most established butchers has moved after more than three decades on the high street.
Robert McGough, known to locals as Sam Clegg, has served the townspeople of Poulton for more almost half a century – since the tender age of 12.
His first work place, H.Schwann’s on Station Road, was one of eight butchers serving the inhabitants of the town.
He later worked in Poulton Square before opening his own shop, R&V Clegg – his former wife’s maiden name – on Hardhorn Road and later Sam Clegg’s on Ball Street.
But after thirty-five years of working on the High Street, Mr McGough has decided to move into Poulton’s Market Hall.
He said: “I have been offered a place in the Market Hall for the last couple of years and this year I felt the time was right to sell up on Ball Street and slow down a bit.
“It was a case of do I keep the business going, which is still successful, or do I call it a day, but I figured Poulton still needs a good butcher.
“I sold Ball Street because you can go on and on working, paying mortgages but I wanted to call it a day at that site and instead of working seven days a week, work four, although the shop will be open six days a week.”
Mr McGough, 56, says he has seen many changes in the town since his days on Station Road but still has faith in the town where he forged his career.
He said: “When I was young the town had two or three little bakers, a cobblers, a saddlery and eight or nine butchers so things have changed quite a lot.
“Poulton is in need of regeneration, I hope to see some movement with Booths and the Teanlowe Centre, it has been rumbling on for some years now.
“But I think if we are patient and accept the changes, things will get better, a number of shops have closed on Ball Street but I think Poulton will be OK.”
And Mr McGough says he has no complaints regarding his new home, the Market Hall – formerly known as Village Walks.
He added: “It was strange at first but this week I have settled in more and I have been overwhelmed by the support of my customers.
“I would like to thank them for staying with us, without them we couldn’t pay the wages.”
Market Hall manager George McCaffer, said: “Sam Clegg’s is a welcome addition to the hall, I am pleased to see him move in and I wish him the best of luck.”