Peppo’s will celebrate diamond jubilee

AN ICONIC Arbroath eatery will be celebrating a milestone and helping charity at the same time this weekend.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Peppo’s Chip Shop will celebrate 60 years of business and owners John and Frank Orsi are to donate the day’s takings to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

John said: “We will also be having a small tombola and one of our customers promised to make tablet which will also be on sale.

“We are looking forward to having a busy day and raising a lot of money for this worthwhile cause.”

Peppo and Angie Orsi took over the shop from Angie’s sister and brother-in-law, Ida and Ralph Young, who were emigrating to the USA, 60 years ago.

Angie and Ida’s parents, Emilio and Maria Delpippo came to Scotland from Italy in the late 1920s and set up shop at the Round ‘O’ in Allan Street.

Peppo arrive in Scotland in 1947, married Angie in 1948, and took over the running of the Round ‘O’ before moving to Ladybridge Street in 1951.

Originally called the Harbour Fish Restaurant, the shop gradually came to be known as Peppo’s because the man himself was such a well-known and liked character.

The shop became a focal point for social life in the town, with many romances starting in the sitting room, where teenagers gathered to eat chips and listen to the latest hits on the juke box.

When the swimming baths were in Marketgate, many a swimmer would come round the corner to have their ‘shivery bite’, a poke of chips from Peppo’s. Monday nights were especially busy as the St Thomas swimmers all came round.