Roof blown off Exmouth Fisheries

07:00 16 February 2014

Mark Quilter, owner of Exmouth Fisheries, is philosophical about last week

Mark Quilter, owner of Exmouth Fisheries, is philosophical about last week's storms, which took the felt roof off his Pierhead unit. His business will soon be moving, but the new unit isn't ready yet. Photo: Paul Strange

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EXMOUTH FISHERIES – the town’s Pierhead fishmonger – will be on the move soon, 50 years after it was established. But not before the recent storms managed to take the felt roof off the firm’s current unit, stopping business for a day.

Owner Mark Quilter was philosophical.

“The storm was ridiculous, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

“I came down early last Wednesday morning [February 5] and everything looked all right, and then I drove down the front and there was the roof felt. It was thrown across the wall opposite and landed on top of a car.”

Mr Quilter confirmed that his business would soon be moving permanently to a new unit, nearer the marina. It is currently being fitted out by Eagle One, the developers behind the new five-storey block of flats at the Pierhead.

“We’ve done a deal with Eagle One to move to a new unit in the near future,” he said. “Due to the building work, it’s not ready yet. I wish it was now, in this weather, but it’s not, so we’ve had a temporary roof put on and it’s done the job.”

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