“Melissa first came to work for me at the age of 15, so shy that she had to send her mother in to ask for the job. She quickly picked up serving customers and took the lead in any task going.
“Over 25 years of having fish and chip shops and probably over 1,000 employees, she’s right up there with the best of them. As time has gone by, she has moved on to chips and then frying. During Covid nothing was too much for her and she did 156 days in a row. She now fries and manages the shop when my son and I are not here. She really is a genuinely good lass with a great personality. A feature like this will show her how highly we think of her at the shop.”
How long have you worked at Garioch Fish Bar?
I started working at Garioch Fish Bar when I was a shy 15-year-old with no confidence. The reason I got the job was because of my mum. She went in on my behalf and asked Murray if there were any jobs available and, at the time, there was a server role. Since getting the job my confidence has grown and I have became a very bubbly person.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
My favourite part has been working through lockdown. We were the only chipper open in the area and there were only four of us that worked throughout so we became so close and bonded like a family. We made some amazing memories and time that will never be forgotten.
What’s your least favourite part of the job?
There isn’t anything that I really dislike about working at the chipper, apart from going home smelling like one!
What is it that you like about working at Garioch Fish Bar?
I have loved working at the chipper because it has shaped me into the person I am today and I have also met so many people and made some life time friends.
How do you feel about being nominated as an unsung hero?
I feel really privileged to be nominated as I have worked hard and even worked my way up to be a frier so it’s lovely to get recognised for it.