Fish and chip van a favourite

THIS week’s Archive Corner photo shows a fish and chip van run by Carroll Brothers of Worksop.

Monday, 2nd July 2012, 11:33 am

It was sent in by Guardian reader Elsie Hurt, 74, who remembers it visiting her home village of Harthill when she was a young girl.

Mrs Hurt, of De Sutton Place, said: “I grew up on Serlby Lane and it used to come along there and stop in front of our house.”

“I remember there were really big queues that I used to have to join.”

“The fish and chips were very popular because they were freshly cooked. I wish it still came round now.”

Mrs Hurt said the van used to travel all over the Worksop area.

She said the picture of the dark green van and an article about its restoration were given to her son Sean by one of his friends.

The article from Best of British in July 2001 says that the van was rescued by vintage transport enthusiast and coach company operator John Marshall, of Sutton-on-Trent, Notts, in 1974.

He discovered the 28hp Bedford WHG2 at Carroll Brothers’ yard in Worksop.

It still had its old cash register till in the back.

The van was registered by Leicester-based Bedford dealer Bachelor-Bowles Ltd in 1938 and carried a Leics registration number CBC 707.

It was later bought by the Leicester Museum of Technology.