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Nan Brown still frying at 96
Constance Brown
Constance Brown has been behind the counter for 75 years
A west Wales woman has celebrated her 96th birthday behind the counter of the fish and chip shop she runs.

Constance Brown first opened the business in 1928 with her late husband and 75 years later she is still serving up the nation's favourite dish.

Customers at Brown's in Pembroke were being treated to a glass of wine on Wednesday as Nan Brown, as she is known in town, celebrated her birthday.

But she says she has no plans to stop frying just yet.

I have had my share of fish and chips - I have not done too bad have I?
Constance Brown

When the shop first opened a fish supper, a cup of tea and bread and butter cost just six pence.

But the biggest change Mrs Brown has seen is she no longer has to peel the potatoes by hand.

"It's easy compared to what it was a number of years ago when we had to do everything by hand," she said.

"You had to clean the potatoes by hand and chip the potatoes.

"There was nothing mechanical then."

Mrs Brown puts her long and active life down to the fish and chips she serves up everyday.

Constance Brown
Mrs Brown says she has no retirement plans just yet

"I have had my share of fish and chips, I like them," she added.

"I have not done too bad have I?"

Wednesday was a proud day for her son and daughter in law who run the cafe next door.

Glenys Brown said: "She's got the determination and the courage to keep going and we are there to help her," she said.

"It's just her life. Something she has been use to for 75 years."

She said the only draw back was she and her husband cannot put up their feet until her mother-in-law does.

"We did not think we would be in business for so long but can't retire until she does."




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