Traditional chippy batters opposition to win top gong

WINNERS: Carol Bracewell and Alex Bracewell of Godwin's fish and chips.
WINNERS: Carol Bracewell and Alex Bracewell of Godwin's fish and chips.
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Seventy sacks of spuds and 2,800 portions of chips fly out of this chippy every week so no wonder they have been named our chippy of the year.

The figures at Godwin’s fish and chip shop in Pope Lane, Penwortham speak for themselves. But third generation chip shop owner Carol Bracewell says the best thing about bagging the Lancashire Evening Post’s chippy of the year gong once again is knowing that her valued customers have taken the time to nominate them.

She said: “We are just really proud that people have taken the time to fill forms in and vote for us.

“We know by how busy we are that people like our products but for people to vote for us is a really nice touch.

“We go through 70 sacks of potatoes a week, they are all grown locally in Farington.

“We make about 2,800 portions of chips a week.”

And Carol says the secret to the chippy’s success is hard work, preparing everything fresh in a morning and a family ethos.

The chip shop has been passed down from generation to generation and Carol said her 22-year-old son Alex is also following in her footsteps.

She said: “We’ve been doing it a really long time.

“My nan Sally Bradley started the business in 1947 and now we are on to our fourth generation as my son works here too.

“The business moved here in 1954. We sadly lost my mum Pat Johnson – who also ran the chippy – three years ago and through the chip shop we do a lot of fundraising for St Catherine’s

“People often ask about them and there are a lot of old pictures up on the wall.

“We have tried to keep it a 100 per cent traditional fish and chip shop.”