Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham.
Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham. Jaime Holzberger

A coffee with... fish market owner Simon Whittingham

THIS week we have a coffee with Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham.

Name: Simon Whittingham.

Occupation: Gladstone Fish Market owner.

Years lived in Gladstone: 30.

What do you love about where you live? I don't actually live in Gladstone anymore. My family and four children live in Hervey Bay.

I work here Monday to Friday every week and go back home on weekends.

How do you take your favourite drink? Water is better chilled.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon you can find me ... attending soccer with three of my children.

When I was young, my dream was to ... be a skipper and drive boats. I enjoy being on the water, it's a magical place. I grew up around boats.

My most memorable pet was ... a dog called Aggi. She was a bitzer, kind of an Australian terror x staffy.

I had her for 14 years, she was my "little friend".

When I go out in Gladstone you will find me ... in the gold class cinema kicking back enjoying the latest movies.

My secret talent ... I don't have a secret talent, what you see is what you get.

I have a guitar but there isn't enough time in the day to have lessons. When I retire I might pick it back up.

When I feel like splurging, I ... take my children out to "Yo-get-it" in Hervey Bay, which is like Yogurtland in Gladstone.

My favourite holiday destination is ... Heron Island. It's a very special place ...no phones, no TV, no internet.

Adam Sandler ... would play me in a movie about my life.

To keep fit and healthy I ... eat more seafood. It's bloody good for your health.

The best piece of wisdom I've been told is ... if you've got nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.



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