Every week seems to bring changes to our high streets as new shops opening and, more often, existing shops close.

But Church’s Butchers has been a constant in Epping’s high street for generations, and staff are gearing up to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Opened while Queen Victoria was on the throne and the Marquess of Salisbury was Prime Minister, the store has so far survived world wars, the invention of supermarkets, and even internet shopping.

Owner Paul Parker has worked there for more than 40 years and become one of the best-known people in the town.

He said: “Of course it has changed over the years, but one thing that we stick to here is good customer service.

“People come here because they know that they are getting quality and they trust us to give them that.

“It is a good strong family business and the younger guys are keen to carry that on.”

Recent scandals over horsemeat being sold by supermarkets have also helped the business by driving concerned customers back through its doors.

Mr Parker said: “Yes, the horsemeat scandal did bring us more custom.

“I think it reminded people that you don’t always know what you are buying, but here you can see it.”

The firm plans to mark its big anniversary next month with a party to take customers back to the Victorian era.

A hog roast, traditional sausages and staff dressed in Victorian costumes will greet people in the high street on May 18.

A family fun day from 11.30am, will also include a barbecue and free Old Epping sausages for anyone who spends more than £10 in the shop.