After 28 years one of Tingley’s best loved characters has finally hung up his apron.
Scots born Roy Taylor is retiring from the fish and chip shop he has run in Syke Road for nearly 30 years.
He bought the shop after running successful chippies in Holbeck and Wortley.
He said: “I am going to be taking it easy but I will miss the people, they have become more like friends rather than customers.
“I want to thank everyone for their support over the years. Going from working six days a week is going to be a big change.”
Tingley folk were shocked to hear that Roy was leaving the shop, known to everyone as ‘Roy’s’, when he announced his retirement and many of them couldn’t remember a time when he was not there.
He has sold the business to Tingley husband and wife team Caroline and Jeremy Spillane and he has been on hand to mentor them through the first few weeks.
Caroline said: “Roy is a very hard act to follow, he has been here a long time and he has seen many of his customers grow up – he knows everyone’s orders by heart.
“We have tweaked the opening times and are now open throughout the day catering for late lunches and early teas.
“We will still be looking after Roy’s loyal customers as well as welcoming new ones.”
The Spillanes have lived in the area for 24 years and both their daughters worked for Roy. They said they hope he feels he is leaving the business he has built up over so many years in good hands.
The shop was built in the 1930s and has always been a chippy.