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Last surviving member of family which ran well known fish shop celebrates 100th birthday

Hetty Boggis ANL-150217-145606001
Hetty Boggis ANL-150217-145606001

The last surviving member of a family, which ran a well known fish shop in Bury St Edmunds for nearly a century, celebrates her 100th birthday tomorrow.

Hetty Boggis worked at F.Boggis fishmerchant, in St John’s Street, which was owned by her husband Albert and his brother George.

They also had a fish stall on Bury Market.

Mrs Boggis, who lived independently until about 15 months ago and now resides at St Peters House, in Out Risbygate, will celebrate her centenary with a family party.

Her twin daughters Ann Robson, of Bury, and Pat Egan, of Newmarket, said: “A lot of people know her. It was a good fish shop - the talk of the town. There are still one or two stallholders who ask us how she is.”

Mrs Boggis met her husband while working two doors away from the fish shop at Addison’s milliners, in St John’s Street.

They married in 1934 at St Mary’s Church. During the war, she managed the shop with her mother-in-law Ruth.

The family sold the wet and smoked fish business, which started in the 1890s, in 1982. Her husband passed away in 1988.

Mrs Boggis has four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


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