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Charities benefit from 45 free fish suppers after order mix up

Let down by a coach party at the last moment meant Fish 'n' Fritz in Weymouth, Dorset, had 45 portions of fish and chips yesterday and no diners! But some quick thinking from owner Paul Hay meant the food was soon on its way to two local charities, The Lantern Trust and Bus Shelter Dorset, to provide a free feast to their clients.

Paul comments: “We welcome a lot of coach parties for lunch throughout the year, but on this occasion, the coach party had inadvertently booked us instead of a fish shop in Cirencester! They realised their mistake when they arrived at their destination and found they had empty plates. Meanwhile, here in Weymouth, I had their pre-ordered lunches cooked in time for their expected arrival and no customers!

“But every cloud has a silver lining. We got straight on the phone to Emily McCarron from The Bus Shelter Dorset and Mike Graham from the Lantern Trust, to donate the meals."

The surprise donation was well received by the charities, with Mike Graham from the Lantern Trust saying: “Our charity provides hot meals for around 80 people a week and donations are always welcome. Yesterday no one went hungry and our clients had a welcome feast thanks to Paul."

Fish ‘n Fritz was named as one of the UK’s 50 Best Fish & Chip Takeaways 2021 – the only chip shop in the Weymouth to make the prestigious list. They are no strangers to charitable giving either; earlier this year, they donated fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to the Weymouth Foodbank.

Paul added: “It was our pleasure to make the donation. We like to help out the local community whenever we can."

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