Fryers are being urged not to count their chips just yet as voting nears its conclusion to crown Scarborough’s ‘Chippy of the Year’.
With votes now flying in for the coveted prize, there are still no outright leaders, with the vote split between several shops in Scarborough and Filey.
And with the voting deadline of June 15 fast approaching, it looks set to be one of the most heated competitions to date.
Voters have been singing the praises of their favourite shops.
One resident picked their local chippy because they’re always “greeted with a smile”, and that the fish is always “freshly fried” for each customer.
Another voter nominated their shop because of the “excellent” quality of food. In fact, they believe the shop is so good, they stated that they “wouldn’t go anywhere else”.
And a different voter made their choice based on the staff, with the fryer branded a “perfectionist”.
Once voting is complete, the Evening News judging team will count the votes, with the top five chip shops making it through to the judging day.
The final five will then be judged by the panel, who will visit all five shops in the same day.
The winner will then be crowned in the following weeks.
Last year, Seamer Fisheries managed to beat off stiff competition from Buckams, Crossgates Fish and Chip Shop, Naylors Fish and Chips and Ramshill Fisheries to take the title.
In previous years, winning owners have reported a sharp upturn in profits after winning the prize.
To nominate your favourite fish and chip shop, fill in the adjacent form and attach a letter of no more than 40 words; send to Ian Johnson, 17-23 Aberdeen Walk, Scarborough, YO11 1BB.
The deadline for votes is June 15. Please don’t forget your note, of no more than 40 words, explaining why you think your local chippy is the best,
Any late entries won’t be counted.