Eating Horses in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Horse meat in Tesco beef burgers is a current hot topic, there’s a labelling issue of course but the major outrage is because here in Britain we don’t eat horses, not our tradition or culture
A chat with my father told another tale . . .
Those damnable French, Aaaaargh the French!, have a tradition of eating horses but here in the UK we don’t do that, never really have done in recent history, not our tradition . . . well . . .
A talk today with The Real Mr Collins proved providential.
“Of course I’ve eaten horsemeat, plenty of it” my father said “there used to be a horsemeat butcher in Grimsby !”
What ! I exclaimed, sensing a cracking blog post so I probed my father’s amazing memory . . .
On Cleethorpe Road in Grimsby there was a Horse Meat Butcher’s shop owned, and I think called, Ben Veermich
This was during wartime rationing in 1941 and Ben Veermich sold only horse meat.
As well as this shop my father believes he also had a ‘Knackers Yard’ and Tannery at Waltham near Grimsby.
Ben Veermich was a ‘Fellmonger’ and dealt in ‘dead meat’ - that is to say he didn’t slaughter per se, he was contacted by landowners and farmers who had an animal that died, he would then collect the body and use every part of it - a risk of this trade was, my father believes, was catching anthrax.
It wasn’t just Ben Veermich’s butchers shop that was selling horsemeat but restaurants also.
Another recollection of my father is eating a horsemeat steak at a restaurant named, again we think, Sammy Weiss where he had a horsemeat steak and chips !
If you know anything at all connected with the eating of horsemeat here in Lincolnshire, especially anything connected with the above then please do leave a comment