Halton Fish and Chip Shop launches campaign to raise funds for Morecambe Lifeboat

Morecambe Lifeboat crew members James Donnell and Steve Wilson with Matthew Black and Brett Coulton.

Morecambe Lifeboat crew members James Donnell and Steve Wilson with Matthew Black and Brett Coulton.

Blacks’ Fish and Chip shop in Halton is supporting the RNLI’s Fish Supper campaign which encourages people across the UK and Ireland to host a fish-themed meal for friends and family during the weekend of 13–15 October 2017.


On Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October they will be holding a collection for the lifeboat as well as donating 10% of their takings from each day to help the charity continue saving lives at sea. Chip shop owner Matthew Black said ‘We are proud to be supporting the RNLI again this year and hope we can raise plenty of money to help the lifeboat’s volunteers continue their important work.’

Shop Opening Times are:        Lunch:   11:30am - 1:30pm

Evenings: 4:30pm - 8:00pm

The Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Roger Mace, is also holding a ‘Fish and Chip Supper’ on Thursday 12th October at the Alhambra in Morecambe doors open at 7.00pm.


Tickets are on sale now, priced £10, from the Mayor’s Office with a choice of fish chips & mushy peas, sausage, chips & peas or cheese & onion pies & peas plus a drink.


Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland rescued 8,643 people and saved 431 lives. It costs over £485,000 per day to run the RNLI, and the charity relies on donations from the public to continue its lifesaving service.



Notes to editors

  • Morecambe Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1966.
  • Personnel can be available for interview.



RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone or email Colin Midwinter, RNLI Morecambe Lifeboat Press Officer on 07885 772820 or contact Mark Bateson, RNLI Morecambe Assistant Lifeboat Press Officer on 07791 496685.


or contact the RNLI Public Relations Department on 01202 336789.


RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press


Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives.


A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland


Celebrate National Fish & Chip Day with Fish & Chips for only £5

In 2016, National Fish and Chip Day was one of the biggest awareness days of the year in the UK and fish and chip lovers in Lancaster & Morecambe will be joining the rest of the UK to celebrate again on Friday, June 2nd.

Like thousands of other chip shop owners, Matthew Black of Black’s chippy on High Road in Halton, will be marking the occasion with a money off promotion. Black's Chippy will be offering portions of traditional crispy battered Fish and hot fresh chips for a discounted price of only £5 on the day.

Black’s has been serving fresh fish and chips to the local community and visitors to Halton since 2013 and they’re asking customers to come together to celebrate Britain’s best-loved fast food by tucking in to a portion of sizzling fish and chips.

Matthew said: 'Besides being the iconic landmark dish associated with our nation, our Fish and Chip shops represent a unique industry.  Your local chippy isn't going to be part of a corporate chain, nor owned by some distant hands-off investor.  Fish and Chip shops are independent small businesses, often family run, owned and staffed by people living and working within their local communities.  More often than not your food will be cooked or served by the owner themselves!'

'The modern chippy has to compete with giant international fast food corporations, pizza delivery services and the diversifying pallet of the consumer.  It is really important to support your local Fish & Chip shop, else in a few years you might not have one!'

'National Fish and Chip Day is an excellent way to show support not only for such a classic British dish, but also to each individual small business owner.  I would encourage everyone, everywhere, to go down to their local chippy on Friday 2nd of June and order themselves a traditional portion of Fish and Chips to show their support."

National Fish & Chip Day is about giving fish and chips the recognition it
deserves and helping to secure its position as the nation’s favourite dish.  The event, which will take place on the first Friday in June every year, already has the backing of key players in the industry.

The national event is once again being championed by trade organisation, The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association, who represent packers and distributors of oils and fats in the UK.  NEODA President, Andrew Marriott, comments, “National Fish and Chip Day celebrates the stars who work hard to bring Brits their favourite traditional takeaway.  We want to bring the whole industry together to celebrate and showcase the great British institution that is fish and chips.”

“To help build support in anticipation for the event, we are urging people to start tweeting with the hashtag #NationalFishandChipDay.”

Visit www.nationalfishandchipday.org.uk to find out more.