A businessman is proving a chip off the old block after setting up a new Padiham chippy.
Daniel Stevenson has opened The Friary in Burnley Road which has seen him follow in the footsteps of his grandparents who ran shops in the town for more than 30 years.
The 27-year-old, who also runs a popular chippy in Whalley where he lives, has returned to his roots to serve traditional fish and chips in the town.
Daniel, who has worked in the industry since the age of 13, has breathed new life into a former takeaway on the hill which had been closed for five years.
He said: “It is great to be back in Padiham. My dad was born and bred here. My grandma Marion had two shops here in the 50s and 60s – a hardware shop called Begbies and a little pie shop on the corner. My grandad Brian started off as a curate at the church in Padiham.
“They are really pleased I have opened a shop in Padiham. There are some strong family ties. My great-grandad even ran a cloggers in Stockbridge Road years ago.”
This family history is on the walls of his new chip shop – with photos from his grandad’s archive printed on canvas showing the chip shop and the family parading in Padiham’s traditional Whit Walks.
Daniel, a former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil, was thrilled to be taking on a chip shop with a such a proud past.
He said: “It has a long history as a good chippy in Padiham. It used to be called Johnson’s and I have customers who can remember it during the 70s where people would be queue up to go in.
“I really want to restore it to its former glory and get it back up to where it was.
Everyone has been saying they are glad to see it back open.
“We have had a really good response from people so far. We are doing everything fresh and making different home-made fritters every week with spam, mushy peas and black pudding and mustard.”
Daniel believes he is returning to a town on the up and has high hopes for the high street.
He said: “We have been looking to open a second shop for ages after the success of the Friary in Whalley and Padiham was the perfect place.
“There is a lot of positive things going on and it is on the up. It feels like the town is turning round. There are some very decent shops here.
“So it will be nice to be a part of that.”