The famous Wetherby Whaler lives again – opens today

I won’t be able to make it along to this later but I couldn’t let this pass without a mention on the blog – yes, the Wetherby Whaler is back.

A ceremony to officially open its new fish and chip restaurant, the original Harry Ramsden’s in Guiseley, takes place this lunchtime with guests of honour including Harry Ramsden’s daughter and granddaughter who are travelling from Ireland.

Also invited are local dignitaries and twin sisters, then called Mavis and Wendy Raistrick, who featured in the press and in a book about the famous restaurant when they attended a celebration there in 1952. The sisters walked from their home in Horsforth to be first in line when the restaurant marked its 21st anniversary by selling fish and chips at the original price.

The former Harry Ramsden’s has undergone a £500,000 refurbishment designed to bring the restaurant up to date, while maintaining the atmosphere the restaurant was renowned for. The famous chandeliers have been updated with brand new fittings, ensuring the restaurant will deliver the same impact on 21st Century customers as it did 80 years ago.

A big congratulations to all concerned! (I’d expect there might be something on The Northerner blog soon seeing as Martin’s also partial to the odd fish supper.)