PROVIDING for its community for more than a century is something few businesses can claim these days.
But one butchers in Pemberton has well and truly stood the test of time.
England and Sons, on Ormskirk Road, has been trading since 1860 and now has its own deli section and sandwich shop.
Co-owner Christie Taylor said: “I have worked here for 32 years now, we’re well established and have our regulars that we see all the time.”
Customers travel from far and wide to visit them, Christie added, and the staff are particularly proud of their range of sausages.
Christie said: “They’re all homemade and we have started making low-fat varieties for our customers who are health conscious.
“The old English and Cumberland ones are popular.
“We have another shop over in Billinge and our busiest day is definitely on a Saturday although because of the sandwich bar its not quiet through the week.”
A few doors down Ormskirk Road is another well-established business; Pemberton Lighting.
Co-owner Alison Glover said: “We have been based at this shop for nine years but the business has been around for more than 30 years.
“But we have always been based in Pemberton, this is our third location, we’re making our way slowly up the road towards the butchers!
“We get busy particularly through the winter months because that’s when people tend to recognise they need some new lighting in their rooms.
“But we do get customers throughout the year when people redecorate.”
Co-owner Allison Pyke said: “Different trends tend to go round in circles but not much goes out of style. Colourful fittings are in at the moment though, beiges and creams used to be but not now.”
Across on the other side of Ormskirk Road is the MAMIA charity shop, established and run by couple Keith and Pat Mills.
Pat said: “We have a very friendly atmosphere in here and we’re always happy to lend a helping hand.
“Yes, we’re a charity shop, but we also give customers an opportunity to talk to us about any problems they may be having.
“We rely on donations and try to get new and nearly new clothes.”