CONGRATULATIONS to the chip shop owners of Lancashire – they’ve been named as the best in the business.
The county was named fish and chip capital of Britain after research by university experts revealed it has 1,200 fish and chip shops – one for every 914 people – which serve more than 17m portions a year.
Linda and Nigel Hodgson, owners of Hodgson’s fish and chip shop in Lancaster, did the county proud when they won the 2006 National Fish and Chip Shop of the Year competition.
And Lancashire is believed to be home to the first fish and chip shop in 1863 in Mossley, Oldham. Both Bury and Oldham were in Lancashire before boundary changes.
Professor John Walton, of the University of Central Lancashire, studied the history of fish and chips. He believes their popularity stems back to the late 19th century when the cotton mills were thriving and workers were short of time.
He said: “A hundred years ago practically every street in working-class Lancashire had its fish and chip shop.
“So there is plenty of experience of preparing and eating this popular dish and customers are very demanding.”
What a research job. Any vacancies in your department prof?