IT was a case of “Currie and chips” after a former government minister popped into one of South Tyneside’s most popular restaurants last week.
Edwina Currie, the former Tory health minister, called into Colmans fish and chip restaurant in Ocean Road with her grand-daughter.
She had paid a visit to the town’s Arbeia Roman Fort as part of a tour of Roman sites in the region and was recommended to give the famous fish and chip eatery a try.
Last week proved to be quite a star-studded one for its owner, Richard Ord.
Aussie singer and actress Natalie Imbruglia – who was appearing in a play on Tyneside – also dropped in for some nosh.
But famous people appearing on the doorstep is nothing new for the venue.
Former South Shields MP David Miliband – a big supporter of Colmans – once brought ex-prime minister Tony Blair to the restaurant for a meal.
And other visitors have included former Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart.
Mr Ord, a paid-up member of the Labour Party, found time for a bit of political banter with Edwina.
He said: “She was blown away by South Shields and the Roman Fort in particular. I said to her that the Labour-run local authority was doing a great job for the town. She took it in good stead and had a laugh. She was very appreciative of our food, as was Natalie Imbruglia, who I think was appearing in a play at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle. She was a lovely lady.”