Photographer's Note

Fish and chips ubiquitous throughout the British Isles, and widespread throughout the world.

A day trip to the coast to introduce number one son to the vagaries of the English seaside saw us paddling in the icy North Sea, building sandcastles, looking for crabs, collecting shells and er, getting cold.
So for practical purposes, and for the complete seaside experience, we repaired to the nearby chippie, and indulged ourselves in haddock and chips, with mushy peas.

Little did I expect the Whale that turned up.

In my childhood, though sadly not his, fish and chips were served up in yesterday's newspaper, but sadly the thought police have stopped that quaint old economy, on the grounds of health and safety.

The invention of F&C is attributed to any of several inspirations, but variously ascribed to the Jewish fraternity in London or the Italians in the North, amongst others.
( It was really a case of combining the two components, as there is evidence of both existing on their own merits before then. A Belgian tradition, as recorded in a manuscript of 1781, dates the frying of potatoes carved into the shape of fish back at least as far as 1680. )
But it is agreed the first time fish and chips appeared in England was around the middle of the nineteenth century. It became widespread soon after when powered fishing vessels and steam trains made the catching and delivering of fish to the masses possible.

Wiki helpfully points out :
Fish and chips is a common lunch meal eaten by families travelling to seaside resorts for day trips, who do not bring their own picnic meals. !

Chief protagonist appears in WS

For others with a large appetite the shop is here

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