The Somme and Fish & Chips

“THERE WERE FOUR REGIONS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM THAT SUFFERED MOST GRIEVOUSLY IN THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME: LONDON, NORTHERN IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND OF COURSE THE NORTH EAST – PLACES, AS IT HAPPENS, THAT IN THE LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY WERE THE ‘CRADLE’ OF THE BRITISH INSTITUTION OF FISH AND CHIPS.

IT SET US THINKING THAT IT WAS THEREFORE MORE THAN LIKELY THAT LOCAL, NEWSPAPER-WRAPPED FRIED FISH AND CHIPPED POTATOES WERE ONE OF THE LAST HOME COMFORTS THE SOLDIERS FROM THESE AREAS ENJOYED BEFORE THEIR DEPARTURE FOR FRANCE.

FREDDIE’S WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2016, THE CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE AND IS NAMED AFTER A PRIVATE SOLDIER FROM THE NORTH EAST WHO WAS KILLED ON THE SOMME. HIS FULL IDENTITY WILL REMAIN UNKNOWN.

ALL THE DAY’S TAKINGS FROM ALL FREDDIE’S SHOPS ON THE 11TH NOVEMBER (OR THE NEAREST DAY EACH SHOP IS OPEN) EACH YEAR ARE DONATED TO THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION.”

 

JOLYON FENWICK, FOUNDER OF FREDDIE’S & AUTHOR OF ZERO HOUR: 100 YEARS ON: VIEWS FROM THE PARAPET OF THE SOMME – SIGNED COPIES OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE IN FREDDIE’S SHOPS.