Quay People

John Ellis

John Ellis

Fish merchant John Ellis is one of the true faces of the Fish Quay. He has worked the Quay for over 50 years and can be found in the earliest hours buying and selling fish near Clifford's Fort. John is responsible for the many fork lifts you'll see running up and down the Quay supplying a variety of Quayside outlets and local restaurants.

Martin Wright

Martin Wight and Denis Leighton

Wm. Wight is a fantastic general store and street cafe (weather permitting). It was founded after the Second World War by William Wight who provided the local fishing fleet with stores and provisions. Martin Wright, the son of the founder is behind the counter today where you'll also find Dennis Leighton, a man who may divulge his soup-making tips if you ask nicely!

Graeme Cuthell

Graeme Cuthell

Owner of Irvins Brasserie. Graeme used to be chef to Lord Lloyd-Webber and be head Chef at Hotel Du Vin before launching Irvins Brasserie on the Fish Quay in September 2010. Graeme brings his own style of friendly, relaxed atmosphere to fine dining with great value. He transformed the ground floor space in the Irvins Building into one of the most popular and welcoming environments in the area.

Graeme Cuthell

Stephen and Patricia Sharp

Owner/Director of Tyne Tyres

Tyne Tyres has been in business for 61 years and was bought by Stephen & Patricia Sharp 17 years ago. Stephen teaches badminton in local schools, (explaining why rackets are on sale in the garage!) and Patricia in charge of the day-to-day running of the business. Their son and daughter are both currently in training with and working for the company, making it a real family business. The couple previously owned a photography studio in North Shields and Patricia has lived in North Shields her entire life. “It’s really nice working on the Fish Quay. It’s a community atmosphere, a really friendly place.” Tyne Tyres offers services including MOTs, services, tyres, exhausts and mechanical repairs.

Darren Asiamah

Darren Asiamah

Has worked in the family business at Seaview Fisheries Ltd on and off since he was 13 years old. Darren's work involves processing and preparing produce (much of it from the local fish market) for a variety of customers.

Omar

Omar

Omar is the boss at Sambucas restaurants. There are three of these restaurants on the Fish Quay alone and they're famous for excellent value and quick service without being rushed. Omar's reputation precedes him for delivering good food at a great price in a friendly, busy and lively dining experience. He's been on the Fish Quay for many years and his restaurants have a tremendously loyal following... they're well worth a visit.

Kathleen Kenneth Jones

Kathleen Kenneth Jones

Owner and Manageress of Lindisfarne Seafoods

Kathleen has been involved in the seafood industry for her entire working life and has been on the Fish Quay for 12 years. Her work at Lindisfarne Seafoods involves the preparation and sale of predominantly shellfish… in particular, crab.

Peter Dade

Peter Dade

Superintendent at the Fishermen’s Mission

Peter has worked for the Fishermen’s Mission Charity for almost 20 years and is in his second spell working for the Mission on the Fish Quay.  In his first spell, he worked as a Relief Superintendent in what currently is the Sambuca’s Restaurant building, where the Mission was based for 50 years. He is currently in charge of the North Shields Division; a position he has held for two years. The Mission provides services for local fishermen, ranging from laundry services to internet access and the Charity has been in North Shields for over 100 years, covering the area from Amble to Hartlepool. Peter previously worked in the catering industry for 8 years, but decided that the industry wasn’t for him and pursued his dream of working with people. “I love being on the Fish Quay. It has a lovely spirit and a great atmosphere; there’s real ’buzz’ around prawn season and generally the area has ‘a lot of potential.”

Fish Quay Videos Videos of the North Shields Fish Quay

VIDEOS

Find out what Fish Quay life was and is like in our video vault section. 

Fish Quay Commercial Property to Rent

The Smokehouses

Modern office and studio accommodation situated on the historic North Shields Fish Quay.

 
The Smokehouses