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Cod wars as rival chippy was to open right next door

There were cod wars when a new fish and chip shop was set to open next door to one already established in London Road, Grantham, back in 1984.

Gordon Kirby was the owner of The Windsor Fish Restaurant and was furious when South Kesteven District Council gave permission for rival Grimsby Fisheries to open right next door, into what was formerly the Blue Horse public house.

Mr Kirby, pictured above with Neal Kirby, said he was led to believe the new restaurant was to serve Greek food, but feared the worse when he saw friers being installed.

Neal and Gordon Kirby outside The Windsor Fish Restaurant. (45847567)
Neal and Gordon Kirby outside The Windsor Fish Restaurant. (45847567)

The row led to the chairman of the council’s planning committee, Percy Wilson, to assure there was “nothing underhand” in its decision to grant permission to the second fish and chip shop.

He said: “The fact there was already a fish and chip shop there is justification for allowing the application rather than refusing it. Greek or English takeaways are in the same planning class.”

Grimsby Fisheries was owned by Costas Eleftheriou.

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