Lord Prescott gets behind the scenes at Young’s Seafood

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Apr 2019

LORD Prescott’s love of fish and chips is legendary, and now he’s been to see how it is made on an industrial scale – taking television cameras with him.

The former Deputy Prime Minister and Hull MP joked about having his passport stamped as he made his way to Young’s Seafood in Grimsby.

A follow up to his Made in Yorkshire, British Made with Jon Prescott is a half-hour programme to be aired on Channel Five on Friday , taking in the South Quay factory where the Chip Shop range and Admiral’s Pie emerge from, as well as the impressive Inspiration Centre within Ross House.

Sean McMahon, manufacturing manager for recipe meals at the town’s biggest employer, was his host for the day. He said: “It was the first time we have done anything like this and it was really good experience for us, one of the most memorable days I have had. It shows what we do with the quality products we produce.

“We took him round the factories, showed him the processes, how we make a fish pie from start to finish, and gave him some tasks to do along the way.

“It is great to have the exposure. Everyone enjoyed it, they have all been talking about it. Not many people see what we do unless they work here, so it was great to be able to show it all.”

Sean McMahon, manufacturing manager at Young’s in Grimsby who is appearing on the channel five show Made In Lincolnshire.

Lord Prescott saw how 400,000 fillets of fish are processed daily, with 100 pies a minute churned out by 330 staff on the docks.

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Of his reaction, Mr McMahon, who has worked for the company since 2002, said: “He loved it. He enjoyed seeing how things are made and seeing the different processes involved. It is large scale machinery that is used to produce our food, and he was really enthusiastic about it.”

Tony Blair’s former right hand man, who boxed in his youth, also got to try packing, where the required skill-set is precision at pace. Was he delicate and quick under the supervision of line manager Dave Aldin? “It would be a polite no, he wouldn’t make a career out of it,” laughed Mr McMahon.

The Yorkshire version was screened last April, taking in Heck! Sausages, Vale of Mowbray Pork Pies, Wensleydale Creamery and Whitakers Chocolates. Young’s will be episode two, with the series launch featuring Lea & Perrins and Soreen last week.

Read more: Lord Prescott tells business leaders Hull can lead fight against climate change

Lord Prescott finished the day with dinner cooked by development chef Serge Nollent, taking some of the branded goods home to sample with his wife too.

it will be screened at 8pm.



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