Swordfish on the menu at seafront deli

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EXOTIC swordfish was on the menu at a South Tyneside seafood deli today - after being landed just two miles away!

The fish was caught in this morning just off the North-East coast, near where Bob Latimer runs his seafood deli and cafe.

It was caught by Ian Wakenshaw off the Beverley Ann, a catamaran fishing for wild salmon and sea trout.

He was south of the Tyne, floating southwards towards Whitburn, and he landed the unusual catch just off Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn.

When he landed his catch at North Shields, Steve and Andy from Caley Fisheries thought of Latimer’s straight away.

Mr Latimer said: “This fish is a brilliant example of the unexpected from our local shores.

“This morning I was expecting 200 lobsters and half a tonne of crab, herring, mackerel, squid, hake and ling in the back of my van – the swordfish is a nice surprise!

“It would have been following the mackerel and salmon on their summer migration.

“It’s a few years since we last saw one, landed at Blyth.

“It will make beautiful eating, perfect on the BBQ. A good marinade would be lemon, coriander and chilli.”

Latimers are asking customers to guess the weight of the swordfish and the length of its sword on Facebook and Twitter.