A BUSINESSMAN is reaching the tail end of his career.
Allan Brooks began work at his father’s fishmonger’s as soon as he left school.
He has now spent five decades welcoming visitors to the counter of the shop in Church Street, Seaham.
Now, as he approaches his 65th birthday, he plans to retire.
But efforts to find someone to take on the shop have so far failed to net a new owner.
Allan, who lives in the town with wife Margaret, 63, said: “I’ve been talking to people in the fish trade, but nobody’s taken me up on it. It would be nice for someone to carry it on.”
Allan started working in W&A Brooks in 1963, the year his father Bill took over the shop.
Bill had worked in nearby Fletcher’s butcher’s, and the shop had been used by another in the business, but he decided to turn his new venture into a fishmonger’s because there was already a glut of meat counters in the town.
Bill, who died in 2007 aged 85, was known as “Mr Seaham” and was the Sunderland Echo’s “oldest reporter”, as he passed on news of his hometown through the paper’s neighbourhood columns for 18 years until he reached 80.
Bill served in a host of organisations in the town, and worked in his shop until his own retirement in the mid-1980s.
A butcher’s bike refurbished by Allan has become a common sight outside the shop in honour of his dad and its history.
Allan will welcome customers for the final time on Saturday, August 31.
He already rents out the upstairs of the building, and he hopes to find a tenant for the shop space on the ground floor if another fishmonger does not take over the business.