They’ve really had their chips

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You’d have to be pretty famished to take on this challenge, staged at Blackpool’s Cottage chippy.

A dozen avid fans of Britain’s traditional takeaway dish braced themselves for a possible battering in the chippy challenge – to see who could eat the most fish and chips in just 10 minutes.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool. Challenge winners Gordon Stuteley (left) and Jamie Brighty with Elvis tribute Eddie P.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool. Challenge winners Gordon Stuteley (left) and Jamie Brighty with Elvis tribute Eddie P.

And to make the event even more lively, they even had a bloke down the chip shop who swore he was Elvis – in this case, tribute singer Eddie P, from Fleetwood.

While Eddie performed favourite songs by The King and prepared to judge the event, the contestants got stuck in to the challenge on Bank Holiday Monday.

There were two joint winners – Lytham man Gordon Stuteley, 24 and Blackpool’s Jamie Brighty, aged 20, who both consumed 11 fish, chips and gravy meals – more than one meal a minute!

But the pair were almost undone by a surprise outsider, 15-year-old schoolgirl Cat Jones, who was on course for possible victory but fell just short, chomping through eight meals to clinch runner-up.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool.

Liz Tyler (inset), owner of The Cottage, on Newhouse Road, Marton, said: “When we advertised this event on our Facebook site, we didn’t expect this kind of response – about 1,000 people wanted to take part.

“It was just a bit of fun for the bank holiday.

“We managed to randomly pick a dozen and on the day the atmosphere was brilliant, it was really raucous.

“Gordon and Jamie did equally as well and were worthy winners, but the big surprise was Cat, she weighs only about seven-and-half stone sopping wet, but she gave them a run for their money.”

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool. Elvis tribute Eddie P and Liz Tyler.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool. Elvis tribute Eddie P and Liz Tyler.

The joint winners will share the first prize, enjoying free fish and chips every Friday night for the next six weeks.

Runner-up Cat gets free fish and chips every Friday for three weeks.

The contest has proved such a success that Liz plans to do it all again on another bank holiday later in the year.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool. Elvis tribute Eddie P and Liz Tyler.

Fish and Chip challenge at the Cottage chippy, Blackpool. Elvis tribute Eddie P and Liz Tyler.