I have now retired, bringing to an end my family's 115 year history of jewellery in Rochdale, and, even before that, in Shipley.
It has been an enormous privilege to have spent my entire working life in a job I have enjoyed so much.
115 years of engagements, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries through which Butterworth Brothers played a part in the happiest times in peoples lives. In wars, depressions, recessions and, more recently, the tram works, the good people of Rochdale and beyond have made their way to our shop.
Many customers and clients even today are members of families who did business with my grandfather. Indeed I was very pleased and somewhat moved that our last sale at Drake Street was to one such family, bringing our old business ties round full circle.
Thank you all.