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A FISH and chip shop is about to take its plaice in English literature.

Bell’s, in Market Place in the centre of Durham City, is the unlikely inspiration for a poem called Electric Mermaid.

It is part of a newly-published anthology by North East poet Diane Cockburn, an accomplished writer of both poetry and prose with a number of published works to her credit.

She runs a creative writing class for New College Durham, at Clayport Library.

The collection, also called Electric Mermaid, will be officially launched at the library between 7.30pm and 9pm tomorrow.

The work is described as “a series of poems in the great British nonsense tradition.”