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Important announcement on the passing of NFFF Stalwart, Arthur Parrington

Article Date: 2020-11-06

The NFFF is extremely sad to announce the passing of NFFF stalwart and Life Member, Arthur Parrington.

Alongside running his shop with wife Jean, Arthur held many positions within the NFFF; Executive Councillor, General Secretary, Treasurer and President of the NFFF between 1985 and 1987.  Arthur gave his time to be Head of Training at the NFFF for many years.  He was a devoted and committed member of the NFFF, championing it to anyone who would listen.  It was a huge part of his life.  Arthur was always the go to person for any historical information about the NFFF and the industry, he was a mine of information and a lot of this will be lost with his passing.

NFFF President Andrew Crook said “We are very sad to learn about the passing of Arthur, Arthur was a fish and chip legend.

He helped to pioneer training at the NFFF over a number of years and students across the world have gone on to run many successful businesses which will have given Arthur great pleasure.

He was instrumental in turning the NFFF into what we are today.

Personally, I was lucky enough to work with Arthur for the North West. Arthur would still regularly attend our regional meetings well into his own retirement, which showed his love and affection for the trade.

Arthur will be sadly missed by many and was a font of knowledge for the industry. He held every position in the NFFF from National President to General Secretary.

We thank you for everything which you have provided the NFFF and fish and chips in general.”

Arthur leaves two sons and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed.

Tony Rogers, VA Whitley Chairman - "Arthur was such a stalwart for our Trade over so many years. As a youngster setting out to try to build up Whitley’s Arthur was so kind and gave us a chance when I first ventured into Blackburn. I have never forgotten his wise words of advice.  He will long be remembered."

The NFFF will be featuring Arthur in the Fish Friers Review and we invite you to share your thoughts and memories of him.  Please send these to

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