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Putting our plaice on the tourism map

WHAT A CATCH... Coun Alan Kerr and Colmans boss Richard Ord.

WHAT A CATCH... Coun Alan Kerr and Colmans boss Richard Ord.

A FISH and chip shop has battered the competition to be named a tourism hero.

Colmans has had its plaice on the South Shields restaurant map for 80 years, and has played host to stars including David Walliams and Tony Blair.

Now, the restaurant has picked up an award for its service to tourism during English Tourism Week 2014, which started on Saturday.

The family-run firm, which has been a South Shields staple since 1926, has won awards, including 2013 Les Routiers Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, Best UK Restaurant at the National Fish and Chip Awards and Best UK Takeaway at BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards.

The latest accolade, given by South Tyneside Council, is designed to highlight Colmans’ commitment to South Shields, and the impact it has had on tourism.

Managing director Richard Ord, said: “We’re proud that Colmans has become an integral part of the fabric of South Tyneside.

“We’re also extremely proud to be able to support the community and economy by using local suppliers as much as possible.”

Colmans, based at Ocean Road, is a fifth-generation family-run business.

Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader at South Tyneside Council, said: “Colmans has a well-deserved reputation for serving the finest fish and chips.

“Not only has this earned the company awards over the years, but it has also helped attract visitors and encourage them to stay longer than they perhaps otherwise would.”

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