LOCAL CHIPPIES BATTLE IT OUT
TO BE THE BEST IN TOWN
9 FISH and chip shops across Merseyside, Greater Manchester and
Cheshire are on the road to success as they batter it out to be
announced the best in their area in the 2005 National Fish & Chip
Shop of the Year Competition.
The top 9 shortlisted shops are:-
* Green Island Chippy, Congleton
* Foster's Fish & Chips, Alderley Edge
* Ann's Plaice, Congleton
* Davisons, Crewe
* The Friary, Stockport
* Winsford Cross Fish Bar, Winsford
* Taylors Fish & Chips, Stockport
* Harpers, Southport
* Jacksons Supper Bar, Wilmslow
The shops are awaiting a visit from a mystery judge who will score
each of them on factors including the quality of their fish and
chips, customer service and hygiene. The top shop in Merseyside,
Greater Manchester and Cheshire and the 18 other competition areas
will then be announced in September.
A further round of in-depth judging will determine the top 10 shops
in the country in October. The grand finale will be held at the
Tower Thistle Hotel in London on
1 February 2006, where the overall winner will be unveiled by Brian
Turner, restaurateur and celebrity chef.
Andy Gray, project manager for the competition said:- "The judging
is well underway and already we are seeing an excellent calibre of
entrants. It's going to be a tricky decision as the shops all work
very hard to keep their standards so high."
Fish and chips is the UK's number one take-away with over 261
million meals sold every year. Organised by the Seafish Industry
Authority (Seafish) the awards are now in their 18th year.
It is the
most highly sought after accolade in the fish and chip world and
aims to recognise the hard work and quality of the industry.
THIS WILL BE THE DAY
PLAQUE to be unveiled marking the site of The Beatles first
recording. A little known landmark in the history of The Beatles
will be launched onto Liverpool's tourist map with the unveiling of
a plaque in Kensington.
A community-inspired commemorative plaque has been installed by
Regeneration at the site of the Percy Philips recording studio in
Kensington - where the Quarry Men, who later became The Beatles,
made their first recording. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George
Harrison produced their version of Buddy Holly's "That'll be
The Day" in the Kensington studio, in July 1958.
The plaque has been installed as part of a project to commemorate
historical events in the area. The unveiling takes place on Friday
26 August during
Liverpool's International Beatles Week Festival and will be attended
by John Lennon's half sister Julia Baird. The plaque will be
unveiled by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Billy Butler, who was
born in Kensington.
The Quarry Men were a little known group when they first
walked into the recording studio at 38, Kensington in July 1958. But
the rest, as they say, is history. The Kensington recording is
featured within the Beatles Anthology Volume 1, which was released
in 1995. Many other local artists also recorded at the studio
between 1955 and 1969 including Billy Fury, The Merseybeats, The
Remo Four and Ken Dodd.
Local BBC historian Frank Carlyle who has delivered a series
of Kensington Heritage Workshops, said:- "This is a fantastic
development for Kensington; the Beatles are recognised across the
world as being synonymous with our great city and this new
initiative puts the Kensington community on the tourist map for
The plaque is the first in a series of community inspired
unveilings funded by Kensington Regeneration, aimed at raising
awareness of key historical and cultural events in the Kensington
area. Other historical events to be highlighted include a visit by
Fredrick Franklin the world famous dance choreographer and a tour by
Buffalo Bill and Indians to Tournament Hall in Edge Lane which was
seen by nearly 250,000 people in 1896.
The Quarry Men recorded "That'll be the Day"
on 14 July 1958
and as they did not have enough money to pay for the disc John was
unable to take a copy home for his mother. The Quarry Men's version
is believed to be the world's rarest recording.
In March 1959, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison saw
Buddy Holly and The Crickets perform at the Liverpool Philharmonic
Hall and were inspired to change the name of their band to The
Beatles as they thought The Crickets was a great name for a band.