Woman infuriated by price of Tesco leg of lamb turns into Ramsbottom rumor


A woman’s furious Facebook post after sending her husband Clive out to buy a leg of lamb at Tesco has become the talk of Ramsbottom.

Rozalia Linder said she was “absolutely mortified” after discovering the price her husband Clive paid for the lamb, which quickly went viral with likes and shares on Saturday night and became known as “Lambgate” on Facebook message boards. Ramsbottom.

The whole community was shaken by what would happen after Clive’s wife left the post furious at the £30 price tag of leg of lamb she returned with from the local Tesco supermarket.

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Posting a photo of the whole leg of lamb on the What’s On public forum in Ramsbottom, Rozalia said: “Sent Clive to Tesco for a leg of lamb…£30.86p!!!…

“Absolutely mortified at the price!! He questioned the price and accepted the answer and paid…however, I’m not prepared to pay this!!

“Some families don’t even have £30 a week to feed their children… Something has to be done… I’ll take this item to Tesco tomorrow and ask for my money back.”

His comments that the price of lamb is getting very expensive these days were echoed by many, although many soon saw the funny side of the situation and wondered if poor Clive was now in the doghouse for his purchase.

The Facebook post has been the talk of Ramsbottom.

Many commented that it’s not Tesco’s fault and that Clive wasn’t “held hostage” to pay the price, to which Rozalia jokingly replied, “I’ve been holding him hostage…and he’s being tortured as I write.”

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Soon, local businesses pitched in with offers of support for Clive, while one resident set up a “CliveAid” gofundme page.

The Old Cobblers Inn wrote: “This post is for Clive, if you’re in the What’s on in Ramsbottom group you’ll understand. Clive is back in good hands and pops in for a cheaper than £30 leg of lamb roast and served whole the day”.

The Red Lion at Hawkshaw posted: “You’ll probably agree that Clive deserves a free Sunday roast, so Clive! Bring your receipt for the lamb and we’ll give you and your other half a complimentary roast #saveclive.”

The jokes soon trickled in, with some suggesting that Ramsbottom should now be renamed Lambsbottom after Clive.

Ramsbottom is famous for the urn… and now Clive

Bill Higham joked, “I don’t know why they criticize Clive.”

Ben Price added: “I know how you feel. I bought some venison the other day, which was also very expensive.”

“Clive is fine,” another joked.

Graeme Shepherd said: “I bet Clive is feeling a little embarrassed at the moment…”

Adam Bracegirdle wrote: “Ramsbottom was famous for the urn, the steam train, and now for Clive.”

Anthony Pye said, “I think we must take poor Clive out for a drink on Sunday, as he has no chance of a roast on Sunday.”

On the more serious side of the debate, people had a lot to say about the staggering price increases over the past year and the struggles many are now facing, which Rozalia insisted was the point she was trying to make.

Louise Ashworth Emmett said, “Really? You can buy almost a week at Aldi for that? That’s so expensive.”

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Alex Kyoto Brown said, “The cost of living is going up. It’s not poor Clive’s fault.”

And while CliveAid was initially a joke, it has now established itself as a real gofundme to help all those struggling with the cost of food in the Ramsbottom area.

Resident Cat Gillet wrote: “Seeing that tonight it has been widely shared that the cost of food is ridiculous at the moment, I have created a genuine CliveAid to fund myself, for donations to the Ramsbottom Pantry (local food bank).

“Let’s do something positive for our community.”

The Ramsbottom farming community also had a lot to say about the problems related to the price of meat, and tried to explain why lamb is so expensive, and that people can expect more increases this year.

Alex Barbour wrote: “I encourage you to raise your own sheep and you will find that the price you paid is actually more than fair.

“£30 for a leg of lamb 4 years ago would be too much, but now with current inflation, don’t be surprised if the same leg of lamb is priced at £40 by the end of the year.”

Added Rick Hartley: “Think about how much the farmer really sees! If he wants a whole leg of lamb, except prices have gone up for a number of reasons, if he didn’t want a whole leg, then maybe he explain it better to your partner”. Next time.”

Kyle Connolly added: “Sorry but the price of lamb feed is over £300 a tonne. How can people expect us farmers to pay this and not get more money for our lambs? The profit margin is so small in farming and people are crying over spending £30 a leg of lamb.

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“Just think of the 24 hours a day that farmers put into calving. Some people need to realize how much is spent with so little in return.”

In the comments to her original post, Rozalia insisted she was still planning to return the leg of lamb to Tesco on Sunday to complain about the price, and residents are now on the edge of their seats awaiting the next installment of the drama.

Dave Brown wrote: “Whatever happens today, this has lifted me up tremendously, long live Lambgate.”

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