Cou­ple fin­ish fry­ing after 40 years at chip shop

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News - By AN­DREW ROBIN­SON an­drew.robin­[email protected]­plc.com @An­drew_Ex­am­iner

A COU­PLE who have been run­ning a pop­u­lar Hud­der­s­field chippy for 40 years have served their fi­nal fish sup­per.

Tony and Ann But­ter­field opened Tony’s Chippy, in 1979, when Hud­der­s­field Town were in the old Fourth Divi­sion and Mar­garet Thatcher had just be­come Prime Min­is­ter for the first time.

They ran the Sheep­ridge shop to­gether for the next 41 years, and served their last por­tion of fish and chips on Satur­day.

Loyal cus­tomers from across Hud­der­s­field cel­e­brated their mile­stone with mes­sages, cards and gifts.

Ann, 58, said the com­mu­nity had wel­comed them all those years ago and had been sup­port­ive ever since.

“We’ve had a lot of cards and mes­sages say­ing that we have been a part of the com­mu­nity. Peo­ple have taken us un­der their wing and re­ally looked after us these last 40-odd years. I can’t thank them enough.”

She said loyal cus­tomers had con­tin­ued to visit the Sheep­ridge Road shop, even when they had moved away from Hud­der­s­field.

“We have cus­tomers from all over. We have a cou­ple who come over from Manch­ester ev­ery Tues­day and we have cus­tomers who visit from Mars­den and Meltham.”

Tony, 61, said lo­cal peo­ple had pro­tected his shop from dam­age dur­ing pub­lic dis­or­der around 30 years ago.

“A lo­cal man came up to me and said he would guar­an­tee that no-one would touch my shop ... I just treat peo­ple right and they treat you right.”

The cou­ple thanked cus­tomers and staff from over the years, in­clud­ing cur­rent work­ers Su­san Stoker and Tracy Gar­side.

Su­san has worked at the chippy for around 40 years.

The shop is ex­pected to close for a few weeks and will re­open after a re­fur­bish­ment. It will be run by the new owner, Jay Gill.

Tony and Ann But­ter­field have re­tired from Tony’s Chippy, in Sheep­ridge, after 40 years

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The out­side of the pop­u­lar fish and chip shopPic­tures: GAVIN CAS­TLE

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