Andrew Groves on buying pigs at Newport Market
“Well, it was always, you know, you always went to Market ‘cos you know, when we used to keep a lot of pigs, my father was a Market Gardener and kept a lot of pigs for the manure, this sort of thing. So, I was very often sent to market to buy pigs.
“Well I need some for myself and sometimes I’d buy some for my Uncle and my father. ‘Get us two strains of pigs’ sort of thing, you know? It was always a job because you could only get so many, you know, you’d pay through the nose, you know? This sort of thing, you know?
“In those days there was everything in there, there was pigs, sheep, cows and calves. Lot of calves, there’d be two or three hundred calves in there. In later years, I used to have to buy some for Weddles the meat wholesalers, you know, from Pieville you know, this sort of thing, and it was sort of the hub of the Isle of Wight I suppose.”