NATIONAL fish and chip day will take place this Friday for the sixth year running.
Arguably Britain’s favourite meal, the national day aims to bring everyone together to create the dish.
This includes fish and chip shops, pub chains, retailers, restaurants and fishermen and farmers who provide the ingredients needed to make the dish.
Despite 2020 being a tough year for many businesses, the industry that provides the ingredients have worked hard in the community and adapted to ensure they could continue to provide the nations favourite food.
The non-profit event is organised by The National Edible Oil Distributors Association (NEODA) who represent all the major refiners, key packers and distributors of edible oils as well as suppliers of non-oil products.
Gary Lewis, president of NEODA, said: “National Fish and Chip Day 2020 was always going to be very different to previous years and none of us really knew what to expect.
“The focus was very much on the resilience of the fish and chip sector and wow…did that shine through on the day! We were completely bowled over by the number of shops, both those who have previously celebrated the day with us, but especially the many new shops, who got involved in any way they could.
“We are delighted that so many shops, hard hit by the pandemic, embraced their special day and threw everything they had at it! Fish and chips will remain at the centre of every community, and we are delighted to be able to bring this very special awareness day to the nation again in 2021.”
The Fishermen’s Mission charity is a beneficiary of many fundraising events run on National Fish and Chip Day.
The charity says: “National Fish and Chip Day is a fantastic event which brings together the very best of the industry.
“Fishing continues to be the most dangerous peacetime occupation with a 1 in 14 chance of being killed at work, the funds generated through National Fish & Chip Day allow the Fishermen’s Mission to continue to provide Welfare and Emergency services to our Fishermen and their families, so on behalf of the Fishermen’s Mission team, and on behalf of all our beneficiaries, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your incredible support during this event.”