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It’s every child’s dream mode of transport – a school bus that serves up fish and chips.

Canny entrepreneurs Anndy Evans and Brian Chapman quit the building trade to go into the catering business.

They bought an old school bus, painted it bright yellow and turned it into a mobile chippy.

It is three years since the Big Yellow Chippy Bus hit the road and business is booming.

“It’s really taken off,” said Anndy. “We have our set stops and routes every day and serve up an average of 200 portions every day.”

Anndy, 50, and Brian, 60, originally bought an existing chippy van round.

When that proved successful they invested in the school bus, stripped it down and created a fully-operational chippy powered by its own generator.

The bus is probably worth a tasty £50,000. The business partners, who both live in Skelmanthorpe, operate four days a week at lunchtimes and teatimes.

On Tuesdays they are in Birdsedge, Upper Denby, Scissett and Skelmanthorpe. Wednesdays is Emley and Kirkburton, Thursdays sees the bus roll into Denby Dale, Shepley and Almondbury and Fridays – the busiest day of the week – it’s Scissett, Clayton West, Emley, Flockton and Netherton.

Married father-of-two Brian was 10 years in the Merchant Navy so he’s the chef while single dad Anndy, who has a daughter Amber, 10, peels and chips the potatoes, does the washing up and drives the bus. The duo are assisted during their 12-hour days by employee Damien White.

The bus also provides a meals on wheels service with a difference. They have regular customers – mainly elderly people – who they deliver to on their rounds.

“Brian has one customer where he goes in and warms the plate for her and makes sure she has salt and vinegar on and there is another who only has half a portion of chips and probably looks forward to a chat as much as the chips,” said Anndy.

The bus sells everything a fish and chip shop would including sausages, pies, chicken nuggets – and battered Mars bars.

After three years the success of the business means there’s no return to the building trade.

“We thought we would combine the two but the chippy is full-on,” said Anndy.

His only problem is eating too many fish and chips! To keep down his weight he works out with cage fighting and boxing training.

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