Panto king Billy Pearce to reopen Tingley chippy

Billy Pearce will reopen Syke Fish and Chips in Tingley.

Billy Pearce will reopen Syke Fish and Chips in Tingley.

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Panto star Billy Pearce will take the leading role at the reopening of a chip shop that has become a beacon of local history.

Syke Fish and Chips in Tingley will host competitions, samples from a new menu and an Alzheimer’s Society tombola at a relaunch this Saturday.

Following on from an exhibition of old photos last year, owners Caroline and Jeremy Spillane have installed a large screen, which plays a slideshow of more than 100 pictures and filmed footage from the 1950s courtesy of local historian Peter Aldred.

Jeremy said: “People were so interested in the old photograph. Younger people were fascinated to see the way things were, while older people reminisced.

“We did not have enough wall space to show all the pictures we wanted, which is why we have done the slide show, and we have another 200 photographs to add!”

The official reopening of the shop, which was first established in 1936, will take place at 2pm.

Caroline said: “We are delighted that Billy is able to come along, he is very popular with our customers and has been very supportive of the work we have done to the shop. We have been working hard improving the shop and we wanted to thank our customers for their support during the changes. As soon as we took over the business it became clear to us how important the shop had been and still is to the community.”

The improvements to the shop include new frontage and parking, as well as an enlargement of the waiting area with more space and seating for customers.