Tributes flood in after ‘special’ Louth butcher John Laking dies, aged 84

John Laking with colleagues outside Lakings of Louth in Eastgate. EMN-150930-162050001
John Laking with colleagues outside Lakings of Louth in Eastgate. EMN-150930-162050001

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to John Laking, the owner of Lakings of Louth butchers, who sadly died on Monday night (September 28) at the age of 84.

Mr Laking, who lived in Newmarket, passed away peacefully at Grimsby Hospital following a short illness.

In September 2011, he celebrated 60 years of working full-time at his family business, which was established by his grandfather Robert Laking in 1908.

Speaking to the Leader today (September 30), Mr Laking’s niece Sally Lovely said that he was “a very special man”.

She added: “The tributes we’ve already seen on social media are overwhelming, we didn’t expect it.”

Sally also thanked local tradespeople for their tributes, including fellow butchers in the town who were amongst the first to offer their condolences.

Jim Sutcliffe from Meridian Meats said: “John had worked tirelessly for more than 50 years to make Lakings of Louth what it is today. He was a good neighbour to us and an inspiration to all”, while Jacksons Butchers commented: “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time. 50 years of hard work to build a great business.”

Lakings of Louth manager, Chris Smith, said that Mr Laking was capable of doing “every job in the business”, and was approachable and well respected by his staff.

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