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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Obituary - Wong Ching Ip, of Broughton Moor

The man credited for introducing Maryport to Chinese takeaway food has died at the age of 73.

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keen gardener: Wong Ching Ip

Wong Ching Ip died peacefully at his home in Broughton Moor on January 22.

Mr Ip first came to the UK from his home in Hong Kong in 1963, landing in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he washed dishes in a Chinese restaurant.

He returned to Hong Kong in 1965 to marry his wife Kam, whom he had met in 1962, and then came back to the UK and began working in a restaurant in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Kam joined him six months later.

In 1970 the family moved to Maryport where Mr Ip opened the Hong Kong Chinese takeaway in Crosby Street.

Although there was already a Chinese restaurant, Mr Ip’s was the first takeaway of its kind in the town.

Times were tough at first and, with virtually no money, they slept in the kitchen until the shop started making enough profit to do up the flat above it.

He always said how grateful he was to the Maryport townspeople for the support they gave him from then until his “retirement” in 1999.

He soon became bored and bought a shop in Seaton and operated the Kowloon Chinese Takeaway where the husband and wife team worked until 2006.

Outside of work, Mr Ip was a keen gardener who also kept tropical fish and parrots.

He was known to friends and family as a quiet man but with great humour who loved playing practical jokes on his grandchildren.

A service for Mr Ip was held at St Mary’s Church in Maryport on Tuesday and was attended by more than 100 friends, family and fellow business people.

Mr Ip is survived by his wife Kam, his children, Chow, Fong, Lynne and Joanne, and grandchildren Kieran, Abbie, Michaela, Leo, Jessica, Megan, Charlotte, Harry and Alexander.

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