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Q&A: Icarus Hines, Cromer’s last high street retail butcher

PUBLISHED: 17:30 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 02 November 2017

Icarus Hines at his butchers' shop in Cromer.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Icarus Hines at his butchers' shop in Cromer. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

In this Q&A, Cromer’s well-known butcher talks about opening his shop in 1985, and his best meal in town.

1) How would you best describe what you do in Cromer?

I am Cromer’s last high street retail butcher serving the community with fresh local meats. Making my own sausages and products daily.

2) Where is home?

I live in East Runton overlooking beautiful countryside and consider myself very lucky. It’s great for dog walking and close to the beach.

3) What’s your earliest Cromer memory?

One of my most vivid and early memories of Cromer is when I opened my butchers shop in May 1985.

4) What is your favourite Cromer pub?

I don’t have a particular favourite pub and don’t go in them much these days because it always ends up as a late night. I meet people I haven’t seen in awhile and always stay and have another.

5) Which shops do you rely on?

We have some great shops in the town with lovely people I try and use as many as I can. I think the customer service in Cromer Eye care is particularly good. It’s an age thing.

6) What’s the best meal you’ve had in Cromer?

The best meal I’ve had recently and my new favourite is the Bann Thia restaurant. The food and atmosphere is lovely. It’s opposite Henry’s cafe’ - another great place to eat.

7) If you could buy any building in Cromer, what would it be?

If could buy any building I think it would be the Council offices and then make better use of the space by completely changing them into luxury living accommodation with stunning sea views.

8) What would you do if you were mayor for the day?

If I was the mayor for the day I would give special awards to people that serve the community in many ways and are perhaps overlooked.

9) Who’s your hero?

One of my all-time heroes was the great Bruce Forsyth, he was a master of entertainment and so much more. He would have been great serving customers in my butchers shop. Entertainment and service are very similar.

10) What do you most love about Cromer?

There’s lots to love about Cromer, the people are what make it special for me but I also like to stand on the pier and look back up at the wonderful view of the Hotel de Paris and Cromer.

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