Goodbye Mrs Chips!

fond farewell: Fish shop owner Ann Charlesworth with staff Janet Whittley, Andrea Hudson and Rachel O'Connor. (d08041108)
fond farewell: Fish shop owner Ann Charlesworth with staff Janet Whittley, Andrea Hudson and Rachel O'Connor. (d08041108)
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AFTER 20-odd years, chippie owner Ann Charlesworth has new fish to fry.

She has hung up her apron at her Mirfield fish and chip shop and is heading off to retirement.

Saturday was her last day at Olde Bank Fisheries, the business she has owned and run for the past eight years, having spent 15 years there previously as an employee.

“I worked for three bosses before I took over myself,” Mrs Charlesworth said.

“The chippy was my first job and I took to it straight away, working part-time. When the chance to buy came up I thought: ‘Why not?’ and decided to take the plunge.”

Her husband, Grenville, joined her in the venture and has handled most of the preparation work.

Over the years, Mrs Charlesworth has seen fish and chips habits change.

“We don’t get as many older people coming in now and younger ones don’t stick to the ‘fish and chips on a Friday’ routine as we used to,” she said. “All that has changed.

“We are not as busy as we once were, but it’s a steady living. Fish and chips are still a good meal.”

At 62, Mrs Charlesworth wants to spend more time with her family and enjoy her hobbies of reading and knitting.

The business in Old Bank Road has been sold to a Cleckheaton family who took over as from Monday.

Employee Andrea Hudson, who has worked with Mrs Charlesworth for nine years, said: “She has been a brilliant boss. It has been lovely working here. She’s more like my mum. She really will be missed.”

The team at the shop enjoyed a farewell meal on Saturday.

Mrs Charlesworth said: “I want to thank my staff and customers past and present. I hope the new owners can make a go of it. If they are as happy here as I have been they will do well.”