It was interesting to hear on the BBC Local London News the issues surrounding Walter Purkis & Son, a fish shop based at 17 The Broadway, North London. They have another shop in Muswell Hill and area where I grew up as a very young child. The century-old business had been put under pressure to stop its art of smoking fish.
It always seems to come down to one individual that creates an objection and in reality all the fish monger was doing was providing a traditional skill of smoking fish and not using dye as seen in major retailers. It is family run business like this that use their skill as a clear point of difference, shame to person that complained didn’t understand this or value what they bring to the community.
The business that has traded for generation has been finally given the exemption to enable it to continue if trade though to reduced hours of smoking, at least common sense has prevailed with the Council and a cause championed by no other than HRH The Prince of Wales.
On my way home today I called into our local charity shop, there I found a framed picture of picture of a salmon fisher from the late 1890′s. One wonders where this gentleman would have taken his catch to smoke them.