5:40 PM October 3, 2022
A seafood bar that has been a fixture within the metropolis for over 100 years has closed its shutters for the final time.
Greatest identified for its “scrumptious” crab sandwich, Joyful West’s Shellfish Bar, in Sheringham, has been cherished by locals and holiday-makers alike because it opened in 1896.
However the enterprise that has been serving clients for a very long time will lastly be on Sunday, October 2.
The choice to shut was made by proprietor Jackie Overton and her husband Trevor as they neared retirement.
Mrs Overton, 66, mentioned it was a “bittersweet” second as she mentioned goodbye to her enterprise and clients.
“I am just a little teary,” she mentioned. “I’m unhappy as a result of the store has grow to be part of my life.
“However we have now to maneuver on and as my mom mentioned earlier than she died, ‘it’s a must to get pleasure from your life’.
“That is what we will do and hopefully have an extended and pleased retirement.
“I am at an age now the place I need to exit and have enjoyable, meet my buddies for espresso and be the woman who lunches.”
The enterprise has been in Mrs. Overton’s household since her great-grandfather Joshua West, and his spouse Sarah, opened it as a crab store in 1896.
My grandparents, Bob and Bessie West, additionally ran it till 1958.
The store was occupied for about ten years, till round 1969, when Mrs Overton’s dad and mom, Audrey and Jack Joyful West, took the enterprise again into the household.
And in 1989, Mrs. Overton and her husband lastly took the mantle, serving “conventional” seafood “the great previous manner”.
He added: “We have been laughing for years. It has been a blast.
“But it surely’s additionally been onerous work and lengthy hours. Seeing everybody having fun with the solar on the seaside when you’re at work.
“However our clients come 12 months in and 12 months out, and week after week. We have now been nicely supported.
“The love and kindness we have been proven has been overwhelming.”
The enterprise is up on the market however Ms Overton hopes there may be somebody on the market who can keep it up her household’s legacy.
“It will be nice to see it proceed as a seafood bar,” he added.
“We really feel the shop wants new blood – somebody with the vitality and keenness to modernize it.”