Jobs boost hope at chippy

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A former postmistress is cooking up a new career by taking over a traditional fish and chip shop in Ripon.

Bondgate Fisheries is now under new management, run by Janet Kaye, 60, alongside her husband Colin, 67, a retired HGV driver.

The enterprising husband and wife team has invested more than £10,000 upgrading the shop, including refreshing the interior and exterior, adding new signage and installing new equipment including a chipper and fish frying range pans.

The couple will concentrate on building customer numbers at the Bondgate Green business and have plans to employ part-time staff in line with increases in custom.

Janet Kaye said: “Many years ago Colin and I wanted to buy a fish and chip shop or run a bed and breakfast together, but we started a family and our plans changed.

“I come from a long career in retail management and I was the postmistress at Altofts Post Office in Normanton, Wakefield for more than a decade, but always wanted to try something new.

“We were attracted to Bondgate Fisheries because of its location in the beautiful Cathedral City of Ripon, which offered a combination of residential, local business, race goers and local tourist customers – so we decided to go for it.

“After a few years of decline, the appetite for the British staple is rising, so we hope to capitalise on Briton’s love affair with fish and chips and build our new venture into the go-to community chippie.”