‘We get locked down, then we get up again’ - Alnwick butcher's giant message marking year of pandemic

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Shoppers are being encouraged to share an Alnwick business’s positive message as the country begins to emerge from its battle with Covid-19.

On the first anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown, Turnbull’s unveiled its new mantra ‘We get locked down, then we get up again’ as a giant sign on its food hall at the Willowburn Retail Park.

A play on words from the 1997 song ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba, Turnbull’s have transformed the songs iconic lyrics ‘I get knocked down, but I get up again’ as we begin to look for a return to normality one year since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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As an essential business, Turnbull’s has remained open throughout the pandemic as shoppers turned to local business due to shortages in supermarkets.

Turnbull's butchers Søren Jeppesen and Dan Turnbull.Turnbull's butchers Søren Jeppesen and Dan Turnbull.
Turnbull's butchers Søren Jeppesen and Dan Turnbull.

It was able to stay fully stocked of essential items such as mince, stewing steak and chicken breasts because of its a short local supply chain and the hard work of local farmers and suppliers.

Turnbull’s, which also has a town centre shop on Market Street, was also quick to adapt to the increasing demand for local deliveries to vulnerable members of the community who were unable to leave the house to shop for food and supplies.

“The phone never stopped ringing; we were taking hundreds of calls every day to customers who were worried because they couldn’t leave the house,” said butcher Dan Turnbull

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“We are very lucky to have a very short local supply chain that did not experience any of the shortages like at the supermarkets because everything is from local farms.”

Søren Jeppesen and Dan Turnbull.Søren Jeppesen and Dan Turnbull.
Søren Jeppesen and Dan Turnbull.

Reflecting back one year on since the pandemic hit, Turnbull’s would just like to say a big thank you to everyone who chose to shop and support local businesses across Northumberland. In doing they have directly supported the livelihoods of all the staff and suppliers.

“This year has been tough on everyone and we are extremely thankful to still be open for business,” said Mark Turnbull. “It really does mean a lot to us

“Next time you visit Turnbull’s be sure to take a photo next to the giant sign on our window – you can’t miss it. It’s a really positive message as we look to the future.”

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The shop window message at Turnbull's food hall.The shop window message at Turnbull's food hall.
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