PICTURES: Rain doesn’t stop Good Friday boom for South Shields chippies

COLEMANS ...Good Friday Fish and Chips.
COLEMANS ...Good Friday Fish and Chips.

THE Good Friday fish and chips tradition is still alive and kicking in South Tyneside – despite the awful weather.

In spite of the rain, people still braved the elements to take their place in the queue at their favourite chippies.

COLEMANS ...Good Friday Fish and Chips.

COLEMANS ...Good Friday Fish and Chips.

John Burton, from South Shields, was stood in the queue outside Colmans, in Ocean Road, South Shields, with his partner Emma Beanie.

He said: “I’m standing here because my family sent me here as the messenger boy for fish and chips. I’m buying for six people.

“I was expecting the queue to be a lot worse as one time I came down and the queue was all the way along to the Marine Park – so this is okay.”

It is a day which owners of the borough’s fish and chips shops prepare for in advance – with some opening up earlier than usual to help with the crowds.

COLEMANS ...Good Friday Fish and Chips.

COLEMANS ...Good Friday Fish and Chips.

Owner of Smiths Chippy, in Ocean Road, South Shields, William Smith, said: “It’s not as busy as last year, but it’s still been okay.

“It’s a day we all prepare for in plenty of time, to make sure we have enough staff on, and we have enough fish.

“Our first customer walked through the door about 11.50am, and we haven’t stopped since – but it has still been quiet compared to previous years.”

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Smiths Chippy

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FISH N CHIPS ...Will Smith at Smiths Chippy

FISH N CHIPS ...Will Smith at Smiths Chippy