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New owners at Driffield butcher after nearly 30 years on the high street

Eagle-eyed shoppers may have noticed a new face in one of Driffield’s longest-running businesses as David Cammish Butchers starts life under new ownership.

Wold Newton businessman Daniel Elston officially took over at 62 Middle Street South at the end of January.

The shop has a new name for the first time in 28 years, with Elston’s Butchers its new title.

Daniel has 27 years’ experience in the trade having first started work as a Saturday boy in a butchers in his hometown of Bingley.

Having been a manager at Trotters for a number of years, I thought that I had it in me to run my own business.


Having moved to Wold Newton, the 40-year-old has spent recent years as shop manager of Trotters Farm Shop in Potter Brompton before deciding now was the time to take the plunge and run his own business.

“I’ve always been a butcher, since I was 13, but decided that I wanted to work for myself,” Daniel told the Wolds Weekly.

“Having been a manager at Trotters for a number of years, I thought that I had it in me to run my own business.

“That way, I can bring my own ideas forward and do what I want.

“My aim is to bring traditional butchery with a twist to Driffield, whilst also hoping to improve on what David has done so well over the last 28 years.

Daniel Elston

“We will look to provide ready meals, which are a huge part of the trade nowadays.

“I have a young family myself, so I know how important and convenient they are to everyday life.

“All our meat is locally sourced and, I know it’s a cliché, but that is something which is really important to me and we will be getting our beef and lamb from a local farmer, whilst all our pork will be free range.

“It’s a family effort, with my partner doing a lot of work behind the scenes and we’re all really excited about starting Elston’s Butchers.”

David Cammish, 67, took over what was Shouler’s butcher in April 1994 alongside business partner Nigel Barnett – going solo three years later.

Admitting a tinge of sadness when he hung up his cleaver for the final time, he said that he has enjoyed his time in business.

“I moved to Driffield from a butchers shop in Leven after purchasing what was Shouler’s,” said David.

“They also had a slaughterhouse, which is now Boyes.

“I’ve been a butcher since I was 14 and the trade has changed dramatically in that time.

“As Daniel mentioned, ready meals are a big thing now, as some families no longer have time for meal preparations each evening and just want to put their meat straight into the oven.

David Cammish

“Barbecues are a huge part of butchery nowadays too, something which wasn’t as popular 28 years ago.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Driffield and I am very grateful for all the support I have had over the years.

“Getting up at 5:30am for work has never been a problem for me, however I will enjoy not having to do that anymore.

“I am hoping to go on caravan holidays with my wife, spend more time playing golf, whilst I will help my son in his shop in Flamborough for three half days a week.”

Daniel confirmed that Elston’s Butchers will continue to operate the same opening hours as David Cammish Butchers for the time being, which will be reviewed in due course.

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