Our vigil for Le Metro boss

Chris Turczak and Gill Turczak at their Home in Greetland
Chris Turczak and Gill Turczak at their Home in Greetland

Prominent Calderdale businessman Chris Turczak is recovering in Leeds General Infirmary after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

The 60-year-old collapsed at his Greetland home this week and was rushed to the LGI with his wife Gill and children, Tessa and Tyler by his side.

Chris was critical for a time but hospital staff say he is now making good progress but will need plenty of rest and care in the months ahead.

Gill, who found him, said high blood pressure had caused it, brought on by her husband being a workaholic. “He has been in the pub, restaurant and hotel industry since he was 19 and works seven days a week. Some days he is up at 4am to go to the fish and vegetable wholesalers and never stops for the rest of the day.”

The couple, who have been married 29 years, were trusted with the multi-million pound task of renovating Grade 11 listed Somerset House by Calderdale Council eight years ago. They converted it into apartments, offices, shops and a 120 seater cafe bar and bistro, Le Metro, which opened in 2009.

Chris’s family have owned businesses in Halifax since the end of the Second World War starting with the Acapulco nightclub. They went on to buy, develop and sell a number of pubs including The Hobbit, Norland, Flashmans, Ma Baker’s, the former Theatre Royal, the Imperial Crown Hotel and Ricci and Capone. Chris is a former winner of the Courier Business Person Of The Year.

Gill said she was humbled and touched by the messages, cards and support she has had from the business community in Calderdale and wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of her heart. She said staff at Le Metro have been remarkable and with their help she was making sure everything at the bistro ran smoothly.