There are few things more quintessentially British, and crucially, more quintessentially Northern, than tucking into a chippy tea on a Friday.
Once Friday rolls around, Brits up and down the country will pop to their local chip shop and hand over a couple of quid in return for what is one of the heartiest meals they’re likely to have all week – and now, one popular vinegar company is giving chippy-lovers the chance to grab fish and chips for free every Friday throughout the summer.
While the summer season admittedly doesn’t always lend itself to hot deep-fried food, who could say no to free fish and chips?
The UK’s number one vinegar brand Sarson’s has pledged to reimburse hundreds of fish and chip meals this summer as part of its #SarsonsFryday campaign – which is aiming to help consumers amid the rising cost of living crisis, and chippies which are anticipating low customer numbers as a result of tightened household budgets.
Up until 2 September, Sarson’s will be dishing out 100 free chippy teas every Friday.
Sarson’s says it hopes to “renew the nation’s love for fish and chip shops” with the campaign, all while promoting a sense of community spirit in supporting them.
“The rising cost of living means we’re naturally all looking for ways to cut down our expenses and one of the first thing that consumers cut back on is meals out and takeaways, leaving many of our favourite chippies at risk,” explained Bryan Carroll – Deputy Chief Operating of Sarson’s.
“As we enjoy the warmer weather, we wanted to help the nation support their local so we’re making everyone’s favourite day of the week even better with #SarsonsFryday, so whether it’s a staycation with friends, seaside visit with the whole family or a quiet Friday night in, we want to make sure Brits get their fish and chip fix.
“So this summer, it’s on us.”
So, how do you actually get a free chippy tea then?
Well, to claim the freebie, all you’ll need to do is take a picture of your chippy order including a Sarson’s bottle or branded promotional signage in store, and then share it to Twitter or Instagram tagging @SarsonsUK and #SarsonsFryday.
Don’t forget to make sure you’re following @SarsonsUK too, and keep hold of your proof of purchase, to make sure your entry is valid.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
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Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.