I was hoping you might be able to help me. I am working on a brand new BBC show about the history of fast food in Britain from a celebratory point of view. I am looking specifically into Fish and Chips, and much of their roots seem to come from the East End of London, and specifically from the Jewish Community.
It seems according to a lot of sources that Joseph Malin was the first to set up a chippie in the East End. I have seen from a few sources that their branches of Malin's Fish and Chips were eventually sold to Arthur Treacher's in 1969.
I'd love to find out what happened to the Malin family after this – did they stay in east London - and if so are there any around whom I might be able to speak to?
I don't know whether anyone at the Jewish East End Celebration Society might have any clues or information which might be able to help me? It would even be great if you knew anyone who remembered and used to go to Malin's Fish and Chips... the original one was on Old Ford Road I believe but the chain was called "Malin's of Bow", and there were a number of them dotted around the East End.
Any help or pointers in the right direction would be hugely appreciated.
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