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Seniors named Absolute's top chippy

A Blackpool chip shop has been announced as Britain’s best chippy by radio station Absolute.

Seniors Fish & Chips in Normoss was one of five shops voted for by Absolute Radio listeners to become a finalist in the national competition, subsequently making it on to The Hometime Chip Shop Tour sponsored by Maldon Salt.

The tour was led by presenters Bush & Richie who host Hometime on the station, weekdays from 4pm.

Starting in Edinburgh, the duo visited the shortlist of fish and chip shops across the nation in their emblazoned ‘Chippy Chippy Bang Bang’ truck. They moved on to taste the offerings of Sunderland, Blackpool, Nottingham before ending in Canvey Island.

After being shown how to fillet a 10kg halibut by Seniors own Alastair Horabin, the Absolute Radio presenters had the chance to tuck into a portion, complete with chips and sides. Richie Firth said: “It has been a fantastic five days, I have eaten more battered variations of food than I thought possible! Although, I do have one regret from the week – a missed kiss opportunity with a fish at Senior’s, just before we learned how to fillet it.”

Hometime co-host Andy Bush added: “We loved the fact that Seniors are super local, everything had to be locally sourced which we thought was really cool. Plus, they had a brilliant community of nanna's which is always a good thing.”

The triumphant Seniors Fish & Chips will now work with the Absolute Radio team to create a bespoke radio advert to promote the shop.

Alastair, who owns Seniors alongside his father and brother, was told live on air of his success and said: “It feels amazing, thank you so much. I’m very proud of everyone and I know it means a lot to the team and to the company that you came to visit us. It’s a superb award to win and we appreciate your listeners putting us up for it.”

You can watch a round-up of the pair’s activities during their week on the road on the Absolute Radio Facebook and Twitter pages.

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