Yarmouth fish and chip couple hang up their aprons

Maria and Charlie Kellatti have retired from Ormesby fish and chip shop on The Green after 30 years

Maria and Charlie Kellatti have retired from Ormesby fish and chip shop on The Green after 30 years at the sharp end of fast food service in the borough. - Credit: Archant

As well as being married themselves they have delivered the perfect culinary combination to the hungry of Great Yarmouth for decades.

Double act Maria and Charlie Kellatti have been serving up traditional fish and chips for 30 years.

Freshly cooked and wrapped in paper people have come from miles around to sample their tasty wares.

But now they have finally hung up their aprons, saying they have other fish to fry.

Having handed over to another married couple on Saturday Mr and Mrs Kellatti are looking forward to spending more time together and with their seven grandchildren, helping out with the school run and generally being on hand to assist.

Giving up hasn't been easy after so many years and it is the company of customers, many of whom have become friends, that they will miss most.

The couple moved to Great Yarmouth from Chelmsford in Essex to set up on their own, establishing Charlie's fish and chip shop in Nelson Road North which they ran for 16 years.

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It meant long hours, Mr Kellatti, 66, working until 1am seven days a week while the couple raised their three daughters in the flat upstairs.

Moving to The Green in Ormesby saw them slow the pace with fewer hours, but many of their loyal customers still made the trek from Yarmouth and they increased takings every year for 15 years.

With Mr Kellatti frying and Mrs Kellatti, 60, serving, it was a true tandem effort, helped by a procession of chippers, many of whom they remain in touch with.

First on the agenda as they leave the shop is to take a summer holiday together for the first time in 30 years.

'We made some fantastic friends over the years,' Mrs Kellatti said.

'Friday night is still a fish and chip night and we never went beyond traditional fish, chips, sausages and pies. We always used traditional beef dripping and my husband always boned the fish, and he was a bit fussy.

'I really just want to thank people for supporting us over the years. We have had some fantastic support and we wish the new people luck.'

For Mr Kellatti it means putting a lid on career in catering that began in 1964, and possibly taking up bowls.

Mrs Kellatti will continue helping old folk at The Lawns where she is the activities assistant.