Friday 2nd June saw people across the country celebrating their love of fish and chips on National Fish & Chip Day!
In Weymouth award winning Fish ’n’ Fritz in Market Street marked the day by donating £1.00 for every portion sold to Weymouth based charity ‘The Bus Shelter Dorset’.
Paul Hay, the owner of Fish ’n’ Fritz, expressed his enthusiasm after the day, stating, “We celebrate National Fish & Chip Day each year, and given the challenges faced by local organisations in raising funds. We decided this year, for every portion of Fish & Chips sold on National Fish & Chip Day, Fish ’n’ Fritz would make a £1 donation to one of the charities we work with The Bus Shelter Dorset. We were thrilled to see many of our regular customers and lots of new customers too, coming in, and at one point, we even had a queue extending down Maiden Street.”
On the day Fish ’n’ Fritz customers helped raise £200 for the charity. After receiving the cheque from Paul
Emily McCarron from The Bus Shelter Dorset expressed her gratitude, saying, “Over the years, Paul and the customers of Fish ’n’ Fritz have consistently shown immense generosity towards The Bus Shelter. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to Paul and the Fish ’n’ Fritz customers for their impactful donation.”
Established in 2016, The Bus Shelter Dorset initially operated from a double-decker bus and has since evolved and grown into a static site on Mercery Road, Weymouth. The facility now houses 12 self-contained accommodation units, which are complemented by a spacious communal kitchen, dining, and lounge area. Guests and volunteers gather here to prepare and enjoy meals, fostering a strong sense of community.
National Fish & Chip Day is about giving fish and chips the recognition it deserves and helping to secure its position as the nation’s favourite dish.
The national event was once again being championed by trade organisation, The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association, who represent packers and distributors of oils and fats in the UK.
NEODA President, Gary Lewis, comments, “National Fish & Chip Day has become more popular each year and in 2023 it was even bigger! It’s a celebration of the stars who work hard to bring Brits their favourite traditional takeaway. It’s a day that brings the whole industry together to celebrate and showcase the great British institution that is Fish and Chips.”
If you would like further information or to learn how to support the work of The Bus Shelter Dorset by volunteering or with a donation or supplies, visit
Or you can email Emily McCarron at firstname.lastname@example.org.