A BARRHEAD butcher enjoyed a bumper festive season as it broke its all-time sales record.

Staff at Bickets Butchers were thrilled to be able to “meat” the demands of the hundreds of customers who queued up along Main Street to collect Scottish beef, prime rib, renowned Bickets steak pies and, of course, turkey throughout December.

The record was officially broken on December 23.

Owner Andrew Bicket told the Barrhead News: “It’s always a great end to the year with the Christmas rush, it’s nice to see customers still supporting local businesses.

“It’s always interesting to see how tastes change and we always strive to have something for everyone’s taste.”

Bickets first opened in 2014, shortly after the last in a long line of Barrhead butchers shut up shop, leaving the town without such a service.

Since then, the store has gone from strength to strength – success staff attribute to the pride they take in the sourcing of their produce.

All of the butchery meat sold by Bickets comes directly from Andrew’s father’s farm.

Andrew added: “We are a contemporary version of the traditional family butchers that you just do not see on high streets anymore.

“We stock an extensive selection of beef, lamb, pork and chicken, alongside gold old-fashioned customer service.

“People are returning to small, independent butchers once again, realising that mass-produced product can’t compete with years of craftsmanship and coming into a local shop, run by local people to pick up meat that has been hand-reared only a few miles away.”

Andy Dunlop, Barrhead Business Improvement District manager, said: “It’s great to see days like today, with local businesses really shining, also showing that the people of Barrhead really do support their local shops.

“Bickets has always been an ambitious business and we are very lucky to have it as a supporter of the BID.”