Fish and chip festival proposal for Skegness


No seaside holiday would be complete without them and now Skegness could be set to host the country’s first fish and chip festival.

Our great national dish may be celebrated around the world but has never had a dedicated event in the UK.

That could be about to change with a bid for £250,000 funding from the Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund.

The application has been made by former Visit Lincolnshire chairman Jon Grubb and David Lambert from Cultural Solutions.

The bid would provide two years funding and if successful it is hoped to launch in 2015.

Jon and David are hoping to learn if they have been selected for the final round in the next few weeks.

Jon, owner of PR and media consultancy Grubb Street, said: “Where better to create this UK first than on the Lincolnshire coast. The area grows most of the UK’s potatoes, has traditional links with trawler fishing up the coast at Grimsby, grows a good deal of the country’s peas and has a seaside town recognised across Britain

“We believe the creation of The Skegness Fish and Chips Festival – the first of its kind in the UK – will attract millions of pounds of column inches for the surrounding region and an army of visitors to the town.”

Ideas for the festival include a battle of batterers competition, an exhibition on the history of fish and chips and cultural celebration of the seaside.