Plaice won’t be the same without Peter

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Fishmonger Peter Livesey has decided to ‘trawl’ it a day after some 40 years on Chorley market.

Peter, who was 65 on Saturday, has slung his hook and moved on into retirement.

A well-known figure on the covered market, he says he will miss the market and customers at Livesey’s fish stall which has been there for more than 60 years.

“My father started it, maybe in the late forties, either 1948 or 49, something like that,” said Peter.

“The firm’s about as old as I am, so it’s about 65 years, I suppose.

“My son Robert is going to take my place and my brother David is going to carry on here as normal.

“It’s strange saying I’m finishing because 40 years is a long time.

“I won’t actually miss the work because I’m starting to get arthritis in the wrist, so it’s painful.

“I will miss the market and the customers though.”

He added: “You see all sorts, all bits of life – nice people, nasty people, drunken people.

“They’ve just been here carting someone off over the road.

“You get football fans marauding through the town centre on a Saturday.”

Peter said he’d seen some changes to the job down the years too.

“Probably some of the variety of fish,” he said.

“Some have gone less and others have come into being.

“But a lot of foreign fish have arrived – you have got tuna and swordfish from Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean.

“You’ve got others that have got less, types of deep sea fish and soles, round the coast. They’ve gone a bit sparse.

“I suppose the market is perhaps not as buoyant as it was.

“In some ways, it is struggling because of supermarkets and other outlets.”

We try to maintain a quality, hopefully our customers appreciate it, I hope they do, because a lot say they do.

“I will miss the customers. They are friendly to you, they know you and we know them.”

“I live in Blackpool, but I know more people in Chorley than I ever do in Blackpool because I’ve worked here for many years.

“I was born and bred there, but I perhaps know one tenth of the people I know here.”

And even though he’s retired, he’s expecting to keep busy.

“I swim, there are always home jobs to do, of course, and my mother’s elderly, so I will do the gardens and a bit round the house for her,” he said.

“I’m sure I’ll find plenty to do, and not be sitting in a chair fading away.

“I will perhaps visit the market in a shopping sense and bring my wife with me and I’ll help out a day or two here and there, I suppose, I’ve told my brother that.”

Peter said goodbye to customers other traders on his last day on Friday.

But some think he is irre-plaiceable!