Film stars and policemen among hordes attracted to Magnet
Iam very pleased to hear that the Magnet fish and chip shop in Dean Lane, Bedminster, is to be restored to its former glory (BTJan31). My family have been associated with the chippy for many years, my mother having kept it from 1932 to 1945 and my husband and I from 1945 to 1965.
I was 12 years old when my mother first took on the shop, and 25 when I returned there to run it, along with my husband.
We would sell any type of fish we could get hold of and if we couldn't get dripping, then we used palm kernel oil.
In the 1960s, the Magnet appeared in the locally-made film Some People, starring Kenneth Moore, Harry H Corbett, David Hemming, Angela Douglas (who became Kenneth Moore's wife) and Ray Brooks.
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Our back room was taken over by the stars and camera crew and we were paid accordingly.
Russ Conway, the Bristol-born pianist, lived along the road and was a regular customer.
The police would tuck their fish and chips under their helmets on a cold night to take back to the station, so we always stayed on the right side of the law. Our fish and chips were renowned for miles around and the queues were long.
Beryl Goddard (nee Hake, aged 93)
Editor's note: Jonathan Farrow, 48, who owns a chippy in Totterdown, has now taken over the lease of Dean Lane's Magnet Fish Bar.
A past winner of The Post's Chippy of the Year award, Mr Farrow re-opened the empty shop there in 1989.