Tonnes of prawns ‘fly’ off trawlers as hungry punters flock to Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative for Easter

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Hungry Newcastle punters buy tonnes of prawns for Easter weekend Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak
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Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Chester the dog waits for his owner to pick up lunch. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. On the left Ben Dean and his 11 month old daughter Zoe reach the front of the queue. Picture: Simone De Peak

Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebook Good Friday at the co-opNewcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative on Good Friday morning, 2018. Pictures: Simone De PeakEnough to rival the weight of a small elephant–that’s how many prawns hungry punters took home from Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operativein the days leading up to the Easter long weekend.

Just beforemidday on Good Friday, the co-op had sold 900kg of the seafood favourite since it opened that morning,with more than an hour left to trade.

Manager Darren Platford said his store had moved three tonnes of prawns since Wednesday.

He said sales were up significantly from last year–when 700kg of prawns weresold on Good Friday.

“Fresh prawns straight off the trawler–they’re coming in andI’m not even icing them up, they’re just coming straight into the shop and flying,” he said.

Mr Platford saidsnapper and salmon hadalso been a popular choice this year.

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Mayfield man Ben Dean was at the co-op early on Friday with his 11-month-old daughter Zoe, ready to stock up on salmon fillets for dinner–a tradition for theirfamily.

“We’re, I suppose you’d say, non-practising Catholics but old habits die hard,” he said.“We do like to stick to fish on Good Friday.”

On ice: Aside from prawns, snapper and salmon were popular among Newcastle punters on Good Friday. Pictures: Simone De Peak

While it might have been a day of tradition for some, for others thelure of a seafood meal sparked a spurofthemoment dash to Wickham.

“We were just going to get up and walk our dog and we thought‘gee some prawns would be nice, what if we just jump in the car with the dog and go down to the co-op’,” New Lambton resident Julie Poxon said.

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“It was really a last minute, impulse decision.”

Maybe even more excitedto tuck into a prawn roll for lunchwas hereight-year-old golden retrieverChester.

“We have three cats as well,” Ms Poxon said.“I actually clean the [prawn] heads out as well–you get a fair bit of meat out of that–and all the animals tuck in.”

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