G Williams and Son butchers shop – known locally as Johnny 6 – re-opened on Saturday, which has been welcomed by shoppers and will be seen as a huge boost for Bangor High Street.

The popular butchers had been trading in Bangor for nearly 150 years after opening in 1870, but liquidators forced the High Street shop to close suddenly in July this year.

Bangor shoppers, who had been left without an independent butchers shop, received the good news last month that the shop would be reopening.

Ashley Thomas, who served his apprenticeship and also worked at the shop, was one of the staff made redundant in the summer, is now managing the shop. Ashley, said of the reopening: “Well what a successful day. Thank you to each and every one of you who have been in today and thank you to every one who wished me good luck and gave me cards.

“Most of all I would like to thank my father and mother for all their help over the last few weeks, it means so much to me and I couldn’t of done it with out you, so thank you I owe you big time.

“Now to get ready for a full week of having a butcher shop back in Bangor. Come on Johnny six.”