Top chippies in battle for award

Paul Edmonds of Thornton Fisheries. (Fish & Chip Shop of the Year winners for Lanc's and Cumbria).

Paul Edmonds of Thornton Fisheries. (Fish & Chip Shop of the Year winners for Lanc's and Cumbria).

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TWO top Fylde coast fish and chip shops are to battle it out for the regional Chips Shop of the Year competition.

Thornton Fisheries and Seniors at Marsh Mill – roughly a mile apart – have been named as two of the top three chip shops in the North West.

Bosses of both firms are delighted with being shortlisted.

Paul Edmonds, above, owner of Thornton Fisheries, said: “There’s a further round of judging before deciding who goes on to the final in London.

“I’m very happy – delighted – it’s a testament to our ongoing commitment to quality and the staff’s customer care.

“We’re over the moon and looking forward to the next stage of judging and all being well, we’ll be on the way to London.”

Alastair Horabin of Seniors at Marsh Mill, below, added: “I’m overjoyed for the staff team and they all deserve to get through to the final round.

“We’ll be pressing to make sure we get to the final – it is a great team we’ve got there.

“And I’m delighted Seniors at Normoss also finished in fourth – just missing out on the regional final.

“We know the competition – he’s a good operator but we’ll be concentrating on our bid for the award.”

The Marsh Mill chippy was named runner up in the national competition last year.

Entries to the National Fish and Chip Awards are judged by teams of acknowledged industry experts selected by an appointed Industry Steering Group. The awards are judged without any bias towards geographical region, type of fish used, frying methods employed, suppliers or distributors used.