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Taste of history at butcher’s diamond celebrations

CELEBRATING ... managing director Michael Dickson and his daughter, Elena Dickson, the firms marketing manger, at Dicksons butchers 60-year exhibition at South Shields Museum.

CELEBRATING ... managing director Michael Dickson and his daughter, Elena Dickson, the firms marketing manger, at Dicksons butchers 60-year exhibition at South Shields Museum.

MUSEUM-lovers got the chance to enjoy a slice of a South Tyneside butcher’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Family firm Dicksons has taken over South Shields Museum and Art Gallery to host its diamond celebrations.

The exhibition, called Dicksons: 60 years On The High Street, has opened at the Ocean Road museum.

Managing director Michael Dickson and his daughter, Elena Dickson, the firm’s marketing manager, met visitors to share memories.

Elana said: “It was lovely that so many old employees came down to see Michael.

“We had one lady that used to work on the hot plate, which used to be in Fowler Street, then there was a gentleman who used to work at our old factory.

“I thought it was very nice that they made the effort to come along and share their memories.”

Visitors were able to sample a range of the firm’s products which included saveloys, pease pudding, sausage rolls and pies.

They also had the chance to fill in a ticket and say what their favourite Dickson’s treats were.

Elena added: “A lot of the older generation said they used to love the hot saveloy sandwiches that my grandmother used to make.

“There was quite a mixed bag of answers really, but the saveloy definitely was the front runner. To be fair, that is to be expected, considering we are in South Shields of course.”

The exhibition, which is on until June, also features interviews with members of the Dickson family.

Many were only small children when the company started back in 1953, and merely teenagers when they were left in charge of the burgeoning business after the sudden death of their parents, Irwin and Helen Dickson.

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 chain boasting 22 stores and more than 200 staff.

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