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Retiring Aldershot chip shop owner: 'I just want to thank my customers'

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Retiring Aldershot chip shop owner: 'I just want to thank my customers'

Published at 3:47pm 12th May 2017.

The owner of a famous Aldershot chip shop, says he will miss the customers most as he prepares to close for the final time.

Bradshaw's has been serving fish and chips in the town since 1933.

It is hugely popular among residents, many of whom have taken to Facebook to post messages of support.

The shop is closing on Friday night as Master Fryer Charlie is retiring: "I actually started peeling potatoes when I was 12.

"I was around 11 or 12 and it was my evening and Saturday morning job.

"I used to clean the shop and clean the potatoes."

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A lot has changed since Bradshaw's first opened.

It survived the Second World War and despite all the changes, some traditions have won through: "Lots has changed, lots has changed.

"During the 60s there were no fast food outlets. The first where the Chinese takeaways and then we got the Burger Kings and Pizza Huts.

"The packaging we felt was dated so we tried white paper and boxes, but everybody said it didn't taste the same, so we went back to using newspaper."

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You have been sharing your favourite memories of Bradshaw's with us and it is not too late to join the conversation on our Facebook page.

We will leave the final word to Charlie: "I'd just like to thank all my customers for their loyalty.

"They're such a lovely, loyal customer base. Some of them are friends, I know a lot of them by name.

"And I'd especially like to thank my staff. It's been stressful sometimes and they're still there!"

Good luck Charlie - goodbye Bradshaw's.

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