A competition to highlight the food businesses in part of Blackpool has had a brilliant response according to the local MP.
Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said more than 1,500 votes had been cast in a week in his Fine Food competition.
He said the idea was to support local businesses who did not get the attention that big national chains and supermarkets got.
He said: “I have been pleased with the number of nominations I have received, 30 shops by over 200 people.
“It is amazing just what a diverse range of fine food shops we have in this area and I now look forward to the public vote beginning.
“We have had a special website created which lists all the shops in each of the six categories that have been established.
“Voting is open until September 14 and I have a schedule to visit each shop before then on three consecutive days to meet the shopkeepers and to buy some of what they have on offer.
“I launched this campaign to celebrate what makes a great shop and to promote local stores that go that bit extra in terms of quality product, customer service and community spirit and I have been really pleased with the response from shops and customers alike so far.
“I often heard from some local people how there aren’t any good independent food shops in the local area and I wanted to prove them wrong. I knew there were butcher and bakers and shops like the Crumbly Cheese which provide great quality produce, served with a smile but shopkeepers who see themselves as part of the community.
“Supermarkets do have their place, but so do those small Mum & Dad type shops that remember a customer’s name or a recommendation on a new recipe.
“So please log on to the website www.vote-finefood.co.uk and vote for your favourite local fine food shop.”