Bob’s fish and chips answer to boredom

Bob Rozalewicz at the Golden Chip shop with  Michele Wilson
Bob Rozalewicz at the Golden Chip shop with Michele Wilson
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Bob Rozalewicz has worked all over the world but an online advert has brought him back to his birthplace.

Bob, whose Polish parents moved to Brandon after the war, was looking for something to keep him occupied in his retirement and saw the Golden Chip shop in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, advertised.

“I like Bury because I was born here and lived in Brandon,” he said. “I used to come here in my younger years.”

In between, Bob has run fish and chip shops in Cleethopes and Lincoln, owned restaurants and spent many years in the oil industry working in places as far apart and different as Denmark and Africa, though he says he has always been a Ipswich Town supporter.

He added: “I retired a couple of years ago and did a bit of travelling, then when I got back I needed to do something, because I’m bored, and saw this advertised on the internet, so I came down.”

He believes there has been a chip shop on the St John’s Road site for 70 years, though when it closed about two years ago the former owner removed all the equipment. Bob has refurbished the shop and reopened it last Friday.

He will run the Golden Chip himself with a couple of part time staff and help from his sister.

Being well travelled, will he be cooking anything unusual?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I want to get the Golden Chip up and running like it used to be. It’s been a good shop.”