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The hapless Fish Supplier raised the ire of Debbie Webster and Leanne Battersby in August 2021 when he tried to palm off cheaper pollock as prime cod to the Viaduct Bistro. Struggling to run the business, Debbie had just entered into a fifty-fifty partnership with Leanne and Nick Tilsley which many anticipated would result in fireworks. Although there were some tensions, the two feisty women got on surprisingly well. One bone of contention was having cod as fish of the day on the menu, but Debbie insisted they continue with the promotion as she had taken delivery of a big order the day before on which she had obtained a "cracking" deal.

Later in the day, diners Adam and Sarah Barlow pointed out the strange colour of the fish and Leanne realised the substitution that had been made. The man was summoned in and carpeted in the office, where he admitted that he had supplied the inferior product when he had been unable to find sources of cod. Promising "Miss Battersby" another delivery of the real thing tomorrow, and for free, Debbie tartly instructed him not to "stand there like cheese at fourpence" but to "get fishing!" He left with his head hanging down and the two women just about managed to keep a straight face before bursting into giggles at their performance.

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