Peter Andrade, Smithfield trader who had respect for market
Mr Andrade was part of the oldest family-run business on the market
14 April, 2017 — By Joe Cooper
A SMITHFIELD trader who spent almost 50 years on the market has died aged 82.
Peter Andrade joined the family business, meat traders David Andrade & Sons, in 1954.
The oldest family business in Smithfield, Mr Andrade took great pride in being the fourth generation running the business and ensuring a legacy for future generations of his family.
Of Portuguese-Jewish heritage, Mr Andrade was born to Phillip and Maude in 1935. The Andrade family had been involved in letting butchers’ shops before opening a business in Smithfield in 1868.
Peter Andrade went to the City of London School before being introduced to the market in his late teens. He spent his entire working life on the market but was forced to retire in the mid-1990s after suffering a stroke.
Mr Andrade had a deep love and respect for the market. Steeped in tradition, the operation remained largely unchanged until Britain joined the Common Market in 1973, bringing about new hygiene regulations and working practices.
“He commanded a lot of respect across the market,” said his son, Stephen, who works on the market with brother Paul.
“He was a soft-natured and kind-hearted man. He taught us everything we know – how to cut, how to sell. He had the social skills and could get on with different people from all walks of life, which is important on the market.”
The market remains a tough environment but for older generations like Peter it was more physical, hauling carcasses around and working for longer hours.
Apart from having mechanised aids to speed up the job, however, the business of buying and selling meat at Andrade’s has changed little. David Andrade & Sons will be celebrating 150 years in business next year.
Mr Andrade introduced mutton to the businesses, at that time unheard of, to cater for London’s growing immigrant population – something that continues at Andrade’s to this day.
Mr Andrade married Janet, the daughter of a porter in Billingsgate Fish Market, in 1957. He lived in Bromley, south-west London, for most of his life, before moving to east Sussex in his retirement. Outside of work he enjoyed fishing, shooting and tending to his garden.
Though he could rarely make it back to the market, he was always keen to hear from his sons how the business was going.
Peter Andrade, a proud Freeman of the City of London, died on January 26, in hospital in Tunbridge Wells.