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British Fish Craft Champion 2015 George Hooper reflects on his victory

George Hooper reflects on being named as the youngest ever winner of the British Fish Craft Championships in 2015.

George Hooper reflects on being named as the youngest ever winner of the British Fish Craft Championships in 2015.

George Hopper made history in Cleethorpes when he proudly held aloft the British Fish Craft Championships trophy after beating off competition from around the country and landed the top prize.

It was an unforgettable moment for the 19-year-old who entered the record books as the competition’s youngest ever winner. Reflecting on the magical moment, George said: “It was a real honour to be named the British Fish Craft Champion. It was a bit of a shock to hear my name being read out as the winner. It’s great for my family and our new shop, and a very proud moment for myself.

“It was my sixth year at the competition and I feel I have been getting better each year. It’s great publicity for our business and I’m already looking forward to going back next year to defend the title!”

The timing of the victory couldn’t have been better for George - five weeks before the victory, he opened a new shop GCH Fishmongers with his father Gary, in Bedford. And the success also fell a week before his 20th birthday.

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The Fish Craft Championships attract an impressive crowd.

Fishmongering truly is in George’s blood. Hooper is a well-known name in the business with his father a highly successful and well-known fishmonger. And George has always been looking to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “I’ve wanted to be a fishmonger since I was a child. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I helped out my dad when I was in school and got involved as early as I could. I really enjoy learning all about different species, being involved in the buying process, and speaking to customers. It’s a great career!”

The British Fish Craft Championships were held in Cleethorpes in August 2015.