Leeds chippy rises from the ashes

A Leeds fish and chip shop has risen from the ashes – with an extra splash of character.

Woodside Fisheries, in Horsforth, was devastated by a fire that ripped through its preparation room in September last year.

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But despite a major setback, the shop, which is at least 75 years old, is set to batter locals with a blast from the past.

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Black and white photographs of Horsforth will take pride of place on the brand new frying range after the old one was condemned in the blaze.

Owner Jennifer Harrison decided that she wanted to bring the community into the heart of the shop that she has owned for three years and add something special to the revamped building.

She said: "It adds a little bit of extra special character because we wanted to keep it quite olde worlde.

"Some people have said that they can't wait to come in and see the pictures in the shop.

"Other people want to come and have a look at the pictures to try and spot any of their older relatives.

"I think that there will be quite a lot of interest in the pictures and it will also be something nice to look at.

"It's really different and I have never seen anything like this before."

Mrs Harrison was in the Low Lane store when it went up in smoke after debris ignited with fat last year.

Work got underway to refurbish the building but Mrs Harrison's hopes of an early opening received another knock back when builders uncovered an ancient chimney breast which then fell down, causing more damage.

Mrs Harrison added: "I think the building used to be a house when we discovered the chimney after the builders knocked the plaster off.

"The whole chimney breast came down and it just felt like we were going one step forward and then two steps back.

"But now it is very exciting to open back up again."

The new frying range, which cost around 28,000, is thought to be the only one of its kind in Leeds.

The manufacturers have even taken photographs of it to show other potential customers.