Feared batter Freddie Flintoff found himself on a sticky wicket when he bowled up at a Preston fish and chip shop.
The cricketer was serving up the catch of the day to customers at the Moor Nook Chippy, ahead of a new television series.
But bosses at the Pope Lane shop said the former England all-rounder and Lancashire star needed more practice before he was taken on full-time.
“It was a really good day,” said owner Sharon Rayton.
“He is doing a TV programme, out in January, and they have bought a fish and chip van and he is going around the country selling fish and chips.
“He was brought up in this area so he came to us.
“My husband Steven was showing him the ropes of preparing fish and how you get the chips and he worked and served people.”
The shop owners knew Freddie would be visiting, but had to stay tight-lipped before the event.
Sharon said: “It was hectic really because all the camera crew were here and they filmed him driving up and down Pope Lane outside the shop.
“Then they film him coming in and in the kitchen area preparing the fish and then they filmed him serving.
“He was absolutely fantastic - really really down to earth and a lovely man.
“There were loads of people around when they saw him and it was quite surreal because it was a famous person.”
Freddie was learning the trade and Sharon said: “He needs more practice, put it that way.
“People just think you can come into a chip shop and start serving but it’s not like that at all.
“People don’t realise how much work it involves before you open the shop - there’s a lot of preparation to get everything ready so he needs a bit more practice. My husband was showing him how to prepare the fish and how to put the spuds in the rumbler and into the chipper.”
Steven added: “He was great, he came in and introduced himself and the production team and I gave him a new pinny and overall and a hat.
“He wasn’t too keen on wearing the hat - he said ‘Do I have to wear this hat?’ and I said ‘No, but if you don’t, get your coat and I’m sacking you’.
“He had a go at serving, cocked up the till a couple of times, but he was enthusiastic.”
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