National Fish & Chip Day, due to take place on Friday 5th June, will now be taking place on Friday 4th September to allow time for all shops to reopen and take part following the coronavirus crisis.
In a statement on its website, The National Edible Oil Distributors Association (NEODA), which organises the event, says: “As well as being one of the most popular awareness days of the year, we want National Fish and Chip Day this year to be even more special as we say a very big thank you to this amazing industry who are at the centre of every community, and who have, when able to do so safely, adapted to keep us fed, and when that wasn’t possible have kept us all safe by remaining closed at great sacrifice to their business. All of them have shown great resilience throughout lockdown.”
National Fish and Chip Day merchandise including hats and t-shirts is available and can be ordered online at www.nationalfishandchipday.org.uk
The website also contains downloadable posters to print and display, plus logos, social media headers, a press release template for local press and an updated Campaign Toolkit with ideas and hints and tips for getting the most from National Fish and Chip Day 2020.
NEODA president Gary Lewis comments: “National Fish and Chip Day has become more successful each year and in 2020 it will be a wonderful way to thank our amazing fish and chip industry. It’s a celebration of the stars who work hard to bring Brits their favourite traditional takeaway. We want to bring the whole industry together to celebrate and showcase the great British institution that is fish and chips.”
The Fishermen’s Mission, a beneficiary of many fundraising events run on National Fish and Chip Day, adds: “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 one in fourteen chance of being killed at work. The funds generated through National Fish and 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.”
The announcement follows a decision two weeks ago to postpone The 2021 National Fish & Chip Awards.
Yesterday, range manufacturer KFE said it was cancelling its annual Dinner Dance, due to take place this weekend, because of coronavirus. Instead it will focus on its 25th anniversary ball next year scheduled for Sunday 16th May 2021.