Good luck to chippy

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS -

Back in the day – I reck­oned there was ne’er a toon Auld Ayr sur­passes . . for deep fried fish and chips is masses.

There seemed to be a chip shop around every cor­ner – and names like the Lucky Star or the Welling­ton Cafe were wrapped in lo­cal folk­lore like a greasy news­pa­per.

But there were dozens more – The Rail­way Cafe, the Cream Crim and the one down at the sea­side amuse­ments, whose name es­capes me – are but a few.

Why do I have a sud­den feel­ing that read­ers’ lists of Ayr – or Ayr­shire’s - old chip shops are go­ing to be wing­ing their way to me all next week?

When you were young – and hun­gry – the gen­eral rule was that the best chip shop in town was the near­est one!

But when you get to con­nois­seur level – the re­ally great chip­pies stand out from all the oth­ers.

So con­grat­u­la­tions to Stephen Conetta and his team at Ayr’s Fore­hill Cafe who are fi­nal­ists in con­tests to find the best chip shop in Scot­land – as well as the best the UK. How come I never get in­vited to judge these things! But fi­nally, a wee true story. In the late seven­ties, out with my mates, I bought a fish sup­per in the wee Sandgate chip shop op­po­site the bus sta­tion.

It was served inside an old Ayr­shire Post – and my mates laughed at how my hard work had ended up as fish sup­per wrap­ping.

I had a look – and they were right – it was an Ayr­shire Post. But closer in­spec­tion re­vealed it in­cluded an Ayr United re­port with “By Bob Shields” at the top.

“Laugh all you like lads, “I told them, “But will YOU ever get a fish sup­per with your name on it?

For months and even years later – I checked every news­pa­per wrapped fish sup­per I ever re­ceived.

But even deep fried fate never hap­pens twice!

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