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A chip off the old chopping block, is Amy

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

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Butcher Amy Osborne is helping tear up the rule book as she takes over her father's business today.

Amy Osborne, 33, opened the doors of Dave Giles butcher on Gloucester Road this morning weeks after her father passed away on holiday.

The local community was stunned when Mr Giles, 55, died of a heart attack on holiday in Gambia on February 27.

Tributes poured in for the well-known family butcher while piles of flowers and cards were left at the shop door.

Mr Giles had returned to Gambia after an inspiring holiday the year before.

Amy said his generous streak shone through after he met a fruit seller on the beach there last year and ended up offering to pay for her twin daughters to attend school. He also gave his clothes away to a man who asked if Dave could give him just one T-shirt.

Amy said: "My dad always said he would never go the same country twice on holiday as there are so many amazing places to see. But it made such a big impression on him. He met some amazing people who literally had nothing and his kindness there was just an example of what he was like."

The family closed the shop temporarily as they came to terms with what had happened and arranged to have Mr Giles flown back home for a funeral. But now daughter Amy is taking up the reins – becoming one of what are thought to be only four female butchers in the country. She said: "It's a difficult situation to be in after what has happened. But I'm looking forward to doing the job.

"I was a bit apprehensive at first. But it is going to be a challenge and I know it is what my father would have wanted."

She said she was aware there were only a few female butchers in the country after seeing a television programme recently.

She said: "I remember talking about it with my dad. We thought it was quite interesting.

"But I am a bit of a way off. My butcher skills are going to have to improve considerably and I still have a lot to learn."

Amy's son Jack Osborne, 15, had recently started working at the butchers, making it three generations employed at the shop.

And Amy's sister, Lucy Burnett, 19, is also offering to take on shifts as the business plans for life without its founder.

Amy said: "For me it is a challenge that is not ideal because obviously I would prefer my dad to be here. But I know he would be happy we are keeping it going. He built the shop up from nothing when he started so I think he would be rather proud."

She said she would be keeping the same name above the door in respect to her father.

Arrangements for Dave's funeral are still being made after his body was finally flown home last week.

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