FISH and chip shops across Hartlepool enjoyed what is traditionally their busiest day of the year as hungry customers queued for their Good Friday lunch.
There were large queues at the majority of shops across town, and at Fish Face in Seaton Carew bosses were delighted with the trade.
Manager Dave Atkinson said: “It was certainly our busiest day of the year, people were been queuing from 11am out of the door and down the street.
“It’s hard to say how many customers we had, but the staff were rushed off their feet all day.
“We probably took double the takings compared to any other normal day.”
Michelle Lane, owner of The Almighty Cod, also on The Front at Seaton, said staff there had gone through at least 50 sacks of potatoes by 2pm.
And she said that customers had been queuing down the street waiting for their Good Friday fish and chip dinner since about 10.30am.
She told the Mail: “I dread to think how many customers we served but there were queues at the restaurant and shop all day.
“We’ve had to have extra staff in and we’ve been run off our feet all day.
“The queue was right down the street so it was a very good day for us.
“I’m just pleased the sun is shining.”