Villagers turn out as family run business DI Elliott reopens after a year following flood damage.
VILLAGERS turned out in force on Thursday to welcome a popular business back into the heart of Bishops Tawton.
A year after it was devastated by floods, DI Elliott butchers shop has officially reopened with a new look, new products and the same welcoming smiles.
Grace Elliott, her son Dudley and daughter Katie Wells were forced to abandon the shop on December 22, 2012 after it was swamped by four foot high flood waters.
Rebuilding was a slow and sometimes frustrating process, but the family was determined to reopen and on Thursday that was all behind them at last.
“It has gone very well,” Grace told the Gazette on opening day.
“We have been very happy with the turn out, all the customers have been very jolly and so pleased to see us again, with some new faces too.”
A ribbon to mark the official opening was cut by Mrs Partridge, 85, who has lived in Bishops Tawton all her life and has been a long-standing customer at DI Elliott, as well as a staunch supporter of the village and community events. Year 3 children from Bishops Tawton Primary School also called in with head teacher Melanie Smallwood
Visitors were welcomed with a drink and free samples of the new line of Elliott’s pasties, baked by Grace.