AFTER 22 years working in youth services Mark Keenan decided a change was in order.
So he went out and bought a fish and chip shop in Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse, where to him every day is a FRY-day.
“I started working in youth services in 1989 when I was just 21-years-old where I worked my way up to become a senior youth worker,” he said.
“But after 22 years I felt I had reached my goals and got as far as I possibly could and felt I was ready for a different career.”
Mark has now been in business for eight weeks at his shop known as Mark’s Fry Day.
“It is all the parts I used to love in youth services and is non-stop all the time. We have built up a bit of a reputation already. People are liking the product and its quality and the atmosphere.
“The feedback we are getting is crazy. We have had customers coming from as far as Wyke and Batley because they have heard about us.”
And although Mark is missing certain aspects of the youth service he is much happier now. “There is not all the paper work and I am dealing more with the community which is what I enjoy.”
All Mark’s products are from local suppliers including his bread which he purchases from his neighbouring business Greens. “The community round has been fantastic. I always liked the community spirit which is why I wanted to buy this place. There is just something about this row of shops. I feel like I have been here years,” he said.