A SOUTH Tyneside butchers is ‘saveloy dipping’ into its rich heritage to serve up a Diamond Jubilee celebration with a difference.
Family butchers Dicksons has cooked up the idea for an exhibition at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery to mark 60 years of satisfying the borough’s appetites.
The exhibition, called Dicksons; 60 years of Sausage and Pies, is set to be launched next February – and Gazette readers can lend a hand by sharing their own old photographs and memories of Dicksons.
The blast from the past will detail the thriving firm’s rise from a single shop at The Nook in South Shields to a successful retail chain boasting 22 stores and more than 200 staff.
Curators at the musuem in Ocean Road, South Shields, are delving into the Dickson family archives to take visitors on a tour from 1953 to the present day.
Former employees, customers new and old and interviews with members of the Dickson family will all be featured to help give residents a taste of life at the heart of the business.
Dicksons’ famous saveloy dip will also take a starring role, with bosses at the company sharing their secret of what makes the perfect dip and looking at the roots of this iconic South Tyneside delicacy.
Food lovers can see how palates have changed through the years, with pigs ears and pork knuckles giving way on the menu to the array of pies and sausages dished up today.
Michael Dickson, managing director of Dicksons and son of its founders Michael Irwin Dickson and Helen Dickson, is hoping the exhibition will be of real interest to both the company’s older customers, who will share many of the memories and today’s younger customers, who will be able to see the roots of their favourite products.
He said: “There are many parts of the business today that are totally unrecognisable from 60 years ago, but there are some fundamental elements that will never change.
“Despite now serving 22 shops and providing our products to all the major supermarkets, we remain committed to the same family values.
“Our staff, all 218 of them, are genuinely part of an extended family; many have been with us for numbers of years and others are the children of long-serving and former employees.’’
Anyone with old photos or memories of Dicksons can call Adam Bell at South Shields Museum and Art gallery 456 8740 or e-mail email@example.com