50 years of fish ‘n’ chips

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AN ARBROATH landmark is celebrating half a century of feeding the town this month.

The Cairnie Chip Shop, opened by Francesco and Dorothy Orsi in June 1961, has been serving traditional fish ‘n’ chips for the last 50 years.

The shop was not their first venture into the fish ‘n’ chip trade, having also taken over the Round ‘O’ from Frank’s brother, Peppo, and his wife, Angie, and running it for most of the 1950s.

Frank and Dorothy later moved to London with their two children Mike and Paula, but they returned one year later to open the Cairnie Chip Shop on its original site opposite the Corner Bar, only moving to its present location in 1969 to make way for development.

The current premises occupies the site that was formerly the licensed grocer and sweetie shop owned by Mr and Mrs George Watson.

Dorothy and Frank ran the chip shop until Frank’s death in 1998, whereupon their children Mike and Paula decided to carry on the business.

Mike has always worked in the family business and although they have taken advantage of some modern equipment and machinery, they endeavour to keep up the good working practices laid down by his parents.

Not a lot has changed, the Cairnie Chip Shop is truly traditional.

The family have extended their thanks to customers, staff past and present and friends for their support over the past 50 years.

And as a way of saying thank you, the couple are celebrating by having 50 per cent off the menu for a three-day special from June 9 to 11.

There will also be a collection for the Arbroath branch of the RNLI, the shop is also making a donation to this very worthy cause.

They are very much looking forward to seeing everyone and would love to hear from anyone with memories from the past 50 years.