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A special Movember tribute to Fakenham butcher’s shop manager’s father Johnnie Johnson

PUBLISHED: 06:30 11 November 2013

Papworth's Butchers in Fakenham are taking part in Movember, raising money in memory of Johnnie Johnson - From left, Richard Hurst , Shop Manager John Johnson and Alex Pendleton. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Papworth's Butchers in Fakenham are taking part in Movember, raising money in memory of Johnnie Johnson - From left, Richard Hurst , Shop Manager John Johnson and Alex Pendleton. Picture; Matthew Usher.

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A Fakenham butcher’s shop is taking part in Movember for the first time as a way of paying tribute to the manager’s late father who was well known for his moustache.

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Two of the butchers at Papworth Butchers, on Miller’s Walk, Richard Hurst and Alex Pendleton, both 27, are growing moustaches throughout November and manager John Johnson will shave his off at the end of the month.

It will be the first time in 45 years that Mr Johnson, 60, will not have had a moustache.

The shop has also launched a new banger for Movember, called The Johnson Flyer.

This is all being done in tribute to Mr Johnson’s father Johnnie Johnson, who flew 40 missions to Germany during the Second World War in a Lancaster bomber, and was a long-serving Norwich police officer, who became a sergeant.

He died, aged 95, in August.

Mr Johnson said: “Dad was very well known and he had a huge moustache.

“If he could see all of this going on he would very, very proud that we are making this huge effort.”

He added: “It will be very weird for me and my family, when I shave my moustache off – I’ve had it since school!”

People are invited to leave

donations in a jar in the shop and funds raised will go towards support for men’s cancer and health research and treatment.

Mr Johnson, himself, knows all too well the importance of good radiography, as his wife Liz is recovering from thyroid cancer, and regularly has to visit hospital in Norwich and London.

The Johnson Flyer is a pork sausage flavoured with black pepper and sage. It is a sausage Mr Johnson

can remember making years ago, and which was always popular with his customers.

A donation to charity will be made for every kilogram sold.

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