A well-known retired Staffordshire Moorlands butcher, who served the local community for 40 years, has died Pat Evans, was the proprietor of Bayley’s butchers in Derby Street until his retirement in 1987. He has passed away in Surrey, aged 94, having left Leek in 2015, following the death of his wife, Jenny, aged 89. Pat purchased animals direct from local farmers and his shop was famous for its display of rosettes from prizewinning show animals that were a supply of meat for his customers. He was often invited to judge animals at Leek Show. Pat at one time president of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, chairman of Leek Round Table (1960-61) and chairman of Leek 41 Club (1969-70). He was also an active member of Leek Chamber of Trade. He is survived by his two daughters, Chris and Liz, and four grandchildren.
Pat is pictured being presented with a trophy by Leek's town mayor Josie Heath in 1977, after his shop won a window dressing competition to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.