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Derry's singing butcher delighted at being 'a celebrity' in hometown

Video of his lovely serenade with elderly customer warms hearts the world over

By Sue Doherty

A butcher who serenaded a granny is enjoying his newfound fame after a video of the moment went viral on social media.

Mark McCafferty was filmed singing the 1950s classic 'You Don't Know Me' to local woman Masie Crawford as the two enjoyed a little dance together.

The video, was recorded by her granddaughter Ashley Leah Budziszewski, who was on a visit home from New York state. She uploaded it to Facebook and YouTube where it has been viewed more than 50,000 times.

A delighted Mark told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's absolutely great that people are enjoying it so much. Masie's been coming into the shop pretty much every week now and she always comes over to see me.

"She told me she brought her granddaughter with her that day to 'show off her singing butcher'.

"Masie's great fun and I'm delighted that the video is so popular. I'm a celebrity now here in Derry," he laughed.

Mark said the good-natured atmosphere shown in the video is typical of what goes on at Hegarty's butchers, where he has worked for more than 20 years.

"We are a local shop. Everybody knows everybody here and you do your best to have a bit of craic with the customers. I suppose it's about the personal touch.

"That's something that seems to be a bit lost in many shops these days. It can be hard to get staff to crack a smile in some of them but you won't find that here."

Mark's words are born out by the words of Hugh Hegarty, the owner of the butcher's in William Street.

When he saw the video, he shared it on Facebook, issuing the following stern warning.

"It has come to my attention that one of our operatives has been caught by an undercover agent spontaneously singing and dancing with a customer.

"May we first apologise to Granny Masie for any distress caused and assure our other customers that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

"Unfortunately Mark suffers from a rare form of SCVS (Spontaneous Carousing Victualler Syndrome) and has stopped taking his meds.

"He can be often seen lurking at the front door pretending to be on the phone when, in fact, he is stalking his next victim.

"He usually pounces on them while they are perusing the 5 for £10 range and bursts into one of the classic hits of the 50's and 60's.

"Mark has had a good talking to this morning and has been warned that should this happen again, he will be manacled and gagged at the till so that he can only communicate with his eyes and dispense the correct change."

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