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The takeaway owned by a man who walked away from his family's iconic chip shop

It can be hard to walk away from something which is iconic to do your own thing.

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The chips are cooked to the recipe set by Major Spencer in the 1970s

For Royston Spencer, it was a big step to walk away from his family's iconic chip shop, Major's Chippy in Bilston, and start up his own fish and chips business, but it has been a move which has given him a new lease of life.

Mr Spencer has created Dr Vinegars, which has two shops in Oldbury and Wolverhampton and presents the classic tastes of his father Major's fish shop under a new banner, something he said may have been the result of a drunken night out.

He says: "I’d been at Major’s for 20 years and it’s nice to be able to see something outside some of those four walls and see some new people as well with new customers and anyone who knows my cooking will know the quality of it.

"I sold the shop last year and the guys coming in wanted to keep the same name, so I decided to give it a brand new name and look.

Denise Smith and Aimee Jones show off some of the wares available at Dr Vinegars

"The name of Dr Vinegars probably came from a drunken night down the pub and I was surprised that it hadn't been copyrighted as it was such a good name, but it hadn't and we did copyright it, so we decided to run with it."