Every-so-often you come across a story that makes you think.  The thought of fish and chips being 150 years old brought a smile to my face.  It must be one constant in most peoples lives.  
Good times and bad times… off to the chippy.  I have worked with people of all ages.  
From Cub Scouts to working with “over sixties" in Cedar Court Care Centre, the mention of fish and chips brings a smile to everyone of their faces.

 
Stanington Fisheries
Stanington Grove, Sunderland

No Kebabs, No Pizzas
just Traditional fish and chips


Humbledon Fisheries,
Ettrick Grove, Sunderland.

 

 

 

 

 

The following text is from the BBC web site ( www.bbc.co.uk )

Fish and chips are a national institution - and now chippies across the country are preparing to celebrate the 150th birthday of our most famous fast food.

Winston Churchill called them "the good companions". They sustained morale through two world wars and helped fuel Britain's industrial prime. For generations, fish and chips have fed millions of memories - eaten with greasy fingers on a seaside holiday, a pay-day treat at the end of the working week or a late-night supper on the way home from the pub.
Few can resist the mouth-watering combination - moist white fish in crisp golden batter, served with a generous portion of hot, fluffy chips.Everyone has their own preferences and tastes vary from one part of the country to another. Cod or haddock?
Charles Dickens refers to an early fish shop or "fried fish warehouse" in Oliver Twist (1839) where the fish generally came with bread or baked potatoes.

North or south?
Who first had the bright idea to marry fish with chips remains the subject of fierce controversy and we will probably never know for sure. It is safe to say it was somewhere in England but arguments rage over whether it was up north or down south.
Some credit a northern entrepreneur called John Lees. As early as 1863, it is believed he was selling fish and chips out of a wooden hut at Mossley market in industrial Lancashire.
Others claim the first combined fish 'n' chip shop was actually opened by a Jewish immigrant, Joseph Malin, within the sound of Bow Bells in East London around 1860.
However it came about, the marriage quickly caught on. At a time when working-class diets were bleak and unvaried, fish and chips were a tasty break from the norm.
To keep prices down, portions were often wrapped in old newspaper - a practice that survived as late as the 1980s when it was ruled unsafe for food to come into contact with newspaper ink without grease-proof paper in between.