Centenary feature fuels fond memories

A recent Leader feature on the centenary of Quail’s

butchers in Dromore struck

a personal note with two

sisters in England.

The two this week contacted the Leader to say it had given them great pleasure to read the article, charting the success of three generations of Quails in steering the local business to continuing success since its launch in Bridge Street, Dromore, 100 years ago.

For Elizabeth Kerr and Dora Lindsay, whose address was given as Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the piece brought back fond childhood memories.

Elizabeth and Dora are in fact the daughters of Mrs. Dorothy Bailie, whose mother, the article noted, worked behind the counter at Quail’s for fully 60 years.

Current proprietor, Desmond Quail, recalled in the article that one of his earliest memories of the shop was of being brought by his father to Dromore.

There he was to to meet shop staff, including Imelda Mulligan (nee Delaney) James Strain and of course, his own aunt, Dorothy Bailie (nee Quail).

Desmond further recalled how he had encouraged Dorothy to speak of her own earliest memories of the business.

He said, “Dorothy recalled how an animal would be slaughtered in the early hours of Monday morning, to avoid Sunday work, behind the shop in Banbridge, and she would drive a pony (called Dolly) and trap with the sides of beef in the back, to Dromore.

“Alan Hale would lift the sides out of the trap and Sammy Smith would butcher the carcase.”

Elizabeth and Dora well remember their mother in her white butcher’s coat.

They said of the feature, “It was with great pleasure that my sister and I read the article about the centenary of Quail’s butchers shop in Dromore.

“We are the daughters of Mrs Dorothy Bailie who featured in the article.

“We well remember the years of hard work our mother put in behind the counter.

“M A Quail was very much a part of our childhood in Dromore but despite searching through all our family photographs, neither of us could come up of one of mum in her white coat.”

The two offered their best wishes to Quail’s as it moves into its second century of trading.

“We wish the new generation of the family all the best,” they said, “ and we know they will provide the people of Dromore with good beef.

“As someone once said to our mother on a particularly busy Saturday, ‘Where there’s a Quail, there’s a Q’.