Tributes paid to Blackburn Master Butcher

Frank Kay met his wife at Tony’s Dance Hall after winning time off in a raffle

Frank Kay met his wife at Tony’s Dance Hall after winning time off in a raffle

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Blackburn Master Butcher who has died at the age of 91.

Frank Kay has been described as a “lovely man” and a “true gentleman” by his daughter Jean Brown, following his death on August 15.

After leaving St Alban’s RC School at the age of 14, Frank took a series of jobs in butcher’s shops before being called up to the Army following the outbreak of the Second World War.

The dad-of-two, grandad-of-five and great grandad-of-six served in Cairo and Alexandria as a dispatch rider during his four years in the forces.

He met his wife, Hilda, who is now 92, when he returned home on leave for two weeks after winning the time off through a raffle!

They met at Tony’s Dance Hall in Blackburn and started courting after the war was over, marrying in 1948 at St Mary’s Church, Osbaldeston.

A year later Jean was born with her brother Rowland being born in 1950.

After getting his old job back after the War, Frank decided to set up his own business and worked as a taxi driver at nights and at the weekends to raise the money he needed.

He finally opened Kay’s Butcher’s in Scotland Road, Blackburn, which he ran for around 10 years.

Following the building’s compulsory purchase and demolition, Frank moved his business to Whalley Road, Clayton-le-Moors, where he stayed until he retired in 1988 at the age of 65. The former secretary and president of the Blackburn Master Butchers retired with his wife to Somerset Grove in Church.

Frank’s daughter Jean said: “He was a lovely man and a true gentleman.

“He loved being with his whole family and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“My dad would always help people out, no matter how much trouble it was.

“He never swore and only got drunk once, while he was in the Army, and said that he would never do it again.

“I’m very proud of him and I loved him very much.

“My dad started to decline from Christmas and we had formed a very close bond over the last few months.”

The funeral took place yesterday at Accrington Crematorium.

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6:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

I'm just sorry that I didn't know you Frank, you sound like you were a great guy!
I'm just sorry that I didn't know you Frank, you sound like you were a great guy! onsidecobra
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6:55pm Fri 22 Aug 14

arrod baw says...

RIP Frank...Great bloke,had the honour of working with him briefly.Deepest sympathy to his family.
RIP Frank...Great bloke,had the honour of working with him briefly.Deepest sympathy to his family. arrod baw
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8:20pm Fri 22 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

What is the difference between a Butcher and a Master Butcher.
What is the difference between a Butcher and a Master Butcher. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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8:33pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ComeDine WithMe says...

A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.
A Master is qualified to teach Butchery. ComeDine WithMe
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9:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

ComeDine WithMe wrote:
A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.
How do you get that then.
[quote][p][bold]ComeDine WithMe[/bold] wrote: A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.[/p][/quote]How do you get that then. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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1:40am Sat 23 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
What is the difference between a Butcher and a Master Butcher.
complete tosser or what ?. go and get a life you sad ****.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: What is the difference between a Butcher and a Master Butcher.[/p][/quote]complete tosser or what ?. go and get a life you sad ****. noddy57
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1:42am Sat 23 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

This chap is what this nation was built on. a man who gave much for everyone and everything.
This chap is what this nation was built on. a man who gave much for everyone and everything. noddy57
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8:55am Sat 23 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

noddy57 wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
What is the difference between a Butcher and a Master Butcher.
complete tosser or what ?. go and get a life you sad ****.
HEY TOUCHY, what is wrong with my question.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: What is the difference between a Butcher and a Master Butcher.[/p][/quote]complete tosser or what ?. go and get a life you sad ****.[/p][/quote]HEY TOUCHY, what is wrong with my question. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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9:07am Sat 23 Aug 14

ComeDine WithMe says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
ComeDine WithMe wrote:
A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.
How do you get that then.
To achieve the title of Master, a college course had to be completed accompanied by work place experience. Whether that still applies today is another matter.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ComeDine WithMe[/bold] wrote: A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.[/p][/quote]How do you get that then.[/p][/quote]To achieve the title of Master, a college course had to be completed accompanied by work place experience. Whether that still applies today is another matter. ComeDine WithMe
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11:19am Sat 23 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

ComeDine WithMe wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
ComeDine WithMe wrote:
A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.
How do you get that then.
To achieve the title of Master, a college course had to be completed accompanied by work place experience. Whether that still applies today is another matter.
It doesn't mention that he did a college course in the article
[quote][p][bold]ComeDine WithMe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ComeDine WithMe[/bold] wrote: A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.[/p][/quote]How do you get that then.[/p][/quote]To achieve the title of Master, a college course had to be completed accompanied by work place experience. Whether that still applies today is another matter.[/p][/quote]It doesn't mention that he did a college course in the article 2 for 5p ridesagain
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2:11pm Sat 23 Aug 14

sen c b l says...

ComeDine WithMe wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
ComeDine WithMe wrote:
A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.
How do you get that then.
To achieve the title of Master, a college course had to be completed accompanied by work place experience. Whether that still applies today is another matter.
What your are stating refers to a Master Chef. In this instance the 'Master Butcher' is simply knowledge acquired through years of experience in various types of meat preparation. Not to say that the gentleman did not attend a relevant course and if he had done it would have been mentioned but all regards where it's due to the deceased.
[quote][p][bold]ComeDine WithMe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ComeDine WithMe[/bold] wrote: A Master is qualified to teach Butchery.[/p][/quote]How do you get that then.[/p][/quote]To achieve the title of Master, a college course had to be completed accompanied by work place experience. Whether that still applies today is another matter.[/p][/quote]What your are stating refers to a Master Chef. In this instance the 'Master Butcher' is simply knowledge acquired through years of experience in various types of meat preparation. Not to say that the gentleman did not attend a relevant course and if he had done it would have been mentioned but all regards where it's due to the deceased. sen c b l
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