Bel’s Butcher up for another accolade

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Edzell based butchers, Bel’s Butchers, has been revealed as a finalist for Scotland in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Awards.

The finalists for the Scotland awards have the chance not only to take a much coveted title (the awards are dubbed the ‘rural Oscars’), but they also have the chance to represent Scotland at the British finals of the awards.

The Edzell business, owned by Bel Forbes, has been named as a finalist in the butchers’ category.

The awards, now in their ninth year, are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses.

Scottish Countryside Alliance director Jamie Stewart commented: “These awards are a real pleasure to run because they enable us to give rural businesses a voice and a platform. The countryside is one of our greatest assets and the Scottish Countryside Alliance is here to champion those who live and work there.

“From East Lothian to Orkney, Fort Augustus to the Clyde Valley, the best of rural enterprise and community spirit is on display in these finalists and I very much look forward to meeting the people behind the businesses as judging gets underway.”

Finalists from all the categories will be invited to the Scottish finals, held at Holyrood, in March when a champion in each category will be announced.

It is the second time in recent weeks that Bel’s Butchers has been short listed for an award. The business has recently been revealed to be short listed for World Scotch Pie Championships. The winner of this title, which is run by Scottish Bakers and the Scottish Federation of Meat traders, will be announced in January.