A popular figure on Pocklington’s highstreet said goodbye to customers on Christmas Eve after 13 years behind the counter of Scotts Fishmongers.
Guy Scott,47, has decided the time is right to move on to new things and has passed the shop over to new owner Tiffany Barker, who will run it with her father Linton.
Guy, who will still live in Pocklington, will concentrate on his Hotel and property rental businesses in Hull, though he will stick around for a week or two in January to ease the transition for the new owners.
Nikki Laverack, who worked at Scotts on a Saturday has also left the shop to pursue a career in teaching and Guy praised her service to the business.
Guy said: “I’m really sad to be moving on but it’s time for a change and it is good to know that I am leaving the business in very good hands,
“Tiffany is going to continue to use the same suppliers that I use which is great news and there will be a grand opening for the new shop on February 1st.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in Pocklington who has supported me over the years, the majority of my customers have become friends.”
Guy has been an influential figure within Pocklington’s business community over the years , serving as Chair of the Chamber of Trade and originally starting the town’s successful Shop Local Campaign, which helped Pocklington’s smaller shops.
New owner Tiffany Barker said: “We will be renaming the shop the Wolds Fish Company and will be refurbishing the premises during January.
“I’m all for local businesses and I think the fishmongers would be really missed if it were to close.
“It’s sad that Guy will no longer run the business in Pocklington, he’s always first to help people and is know around the town as the happy guy in the fish shop.
“I have worked on and off with Guy and he has really given me the confidence to run the shop, it’s a business I wouldn’t have thought about getting in to a few years ago.
“We thought it was important to keep the same suppliers as people are very happy with the fish we sell, though we may add more to what we sell over time.”
Tiffany, who was co-opted onto Pocklington Town Council in September, has lived in the town for four years.
The shop will be open from 14 to 18 January but closed for the rest of the month until it re-opens on 1 February.
Although the shop is closed, Tiffany says the business will still deliver to people who order fish by calling 07429057939.