Famous Hessle Road fish shop Glentons closes after 50 years

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Dec 2018

A wet fish shop which has been a fixture of Hessle Road for more than half a century has finally closed.

Hailed a Hessle Road legend, Billy Glenton, who ran his shop opposite Liverpool Street for many years, died just over a year ago.

That seemed to draw to a close the end of a remarkable shop but then Tommy King and Glenn Hassan took over in the summer to keep the legacy going.

Selling fresh fish and boiling crabs and other shellfish in the back, the shop proved popular with traditional Hessle Roaders.

The operators received a setback in November when environmental health inspectors from Hull City Council visited and handed the new owners a miserable food hygiene rating of one – meaning major improvement was necessary.

Pictured is an interior of Glenton fish shop, 530 Hessle Road, west Hull which has recently closed. (Image: Peter Harbour)

While the cleanliness and conditions of the building and facilities were deemed good and food handling generally satisfactory, inspectors were concerned about food safety management.

Inspectors felt the systems in place to check food was safe to eat and that staff knew about food safety was lacking.

But now Glentons has come to an end after it appears the building owners have new plans for the property. The operators put up an announcement on Facebook just before Christmas on December 23.

It said: “So we are sad to announce that the property of Glentons building has been sold we have only known this matter of days and we are not happy.

“This has been a traditional wet fish shop a very long while but someone has seen the pound signs and we have to leave the building as of 1st of January so will be no point in opening this week and after Christmas for a few days.

“Me (Tommy King) and Glen have had a go and tried our best to provide what people wanted to see. We have done our best to keep it going but we don't have a say in this matter now.

“We wanted to keep it going if we made it or not but means must and the shop will stay closed till the next owner put his idea out there.

“I believe it will no longer be a fish shop... well I hope not as I won't be happy... but thanks to all the customer who stayed loyal to the shop.”

Fishmonger Bill Glenton pictured at his shop on Hessle Road in the 1980s

Following Mr Glenton’s death last year, tributes poured in for the fishmonger. Barry Cundill, a regular Glentons customer, led the tributes to a man best known for having the longest queues in Hessle Road.

“He definitely knew his stuff,” said Mr Cundill, 69, of Cottingham. “My grandparents lived around the corner from where the shop is, so for the past ten years Bill and I have been talking about how Hessle Road has changed and the good old days.

“That was the problem with Billy, though, you didn’t need to be in a hurry when you went there because he was always talking.”

As well as fish and seafood, Bill Glenton was a staunch supporter of Hull FC, and would often be found pointing out former rugby players or boxers walking past his shop.

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