Hartlepool chip shop breaks out umbrellas to keep queuing customers dry on soggy Good Friday

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TRADITIONALISTS braved the rain and queued outside fish & chip shops in their droves to grab a bag on Good Friday.

Despite the dismal drizzly weather, chip shop queues across the town were packed with hungry adults and kids wanting their tasty Easter treat to start the Bank Holiday weekend as they observed the Christian tradition of not eating meat.

Peckish customers at Seaton Carew did not let the raindrops beat their craving for their fish and chip fix – they simply popped up their umbrellas and waited their turn.

Michelle Lane, manager of the Almighty Cod fish and chip shop, on The Front, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, said staff had gone out that morning and bought a couple of large golf-style umbrellas to keep customers dry as they waited.

But Michelle said she wasn’t expecting so many people to turn out.

Speaking from the eaterie, Michelle said: “We’ve been busy all day even though the weather’s been awful.

“I didn’t expect this many people at all, I thought the rain would have put a lot of them off. They all just brought their umbrellas!”

She added: “We even went and bought some big umbrellas ourselves so people weren’t standing getting soaked.”

Lucie Collin, 31, a mum-of-two, said she was taking fish and chips home for her family as it was an annual tradition in their home.

She said: “A bit of rain doesn’t bother me.

“We’ve all been looking forward to our fish and chips because we get them every year on Good Friday.”

Sam Hutchinson, 32, from the Fens area of Hartlepool, said: “I’m surprised by how many people have turned up with it raining, but they were probably hungry like me!”

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