Scarboro’s ‘Smiles’ are best of British

McCain Smiley
McCain Smiley

ONE of Scarborough largest employers has seen its product listed in the top ten best British inventions.

McCain Foods’ Smiley Faces have appeared at number six in the list, which was compiled by MP’s who were asked to nominated the best example of design for an online Great Exhibition.

The Smiley Potato Faces were put forward by former North Yorkshire County Councillor, and Scarborough resident Gavin Williamson, who is now MP for South Staffordshire.

Mr Williamson said: “They may not be the most sophisticated of foodstuffs, but they’re a wonderfully simple idea.”Andrew Riley, corporate affairs manager at McCain, which has a factory in Eastfield and employs 750 locally, said:

“We are delighted that one of our products has been recognised in this way as an example of the Best of British.”

Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill said it was wonderful a Scarborough company appeared on the list, though said he himself voted for a Plaxton Product.

He said: “I nominated the Plaxton Elite, which is their new national coach.

“I am a little bit biased because my son worked on the team that designed that particular coach. But I am very proud of him, and proud of Scarborough for producing such a beautiful coach.

“It is great news that McCain’s Smiles are on the list.

“McCain have changed the everyday lives of many people who before had to use chip pans and deep fat friers in their homes, and probably went on to save lives by reducing the number of chip pan fires.”

The Best of British list was topped by Youngs Fisher Fingers, followed by an energy waste system called Thermitech