Free chips for all as Billy reopens Tingley shop

Billy Pearce (centre) with owners Caroline & Jeremy Spillane.' Ref: AB157a0416
Billy Pearce (centre) with owners Caroline & Jeremy Spillane.' Ref: AB157a0416

The ‘Panto King’ Billy Pearce cut the ribbon in front of hundreds of customers for the relaunch of the Syke Fish and Chips shop in Tingley.

Caroline and Jeremy Spillane, owners of the newly re-opened chippy, organised the event which included a tombola, a raffle and free samples of chips for every customer.

Mum-of-five Caroline said: “It was fantastic, we were busy all day and we had hundreds turn up, mainly families.

“Billy was absolutely fantastic.

“He walked around talking to all the customers.

“We got some really positive feedback from people saying how much they enjoyed themselves.”

The Syke chippy is the first the couple have owned, with Jeremy and their children designing and building its new look.

Caroline said: “We’ve been planning all this for two years now and my husband has put in a lot of work and so have the children.

“Everyone has said how much they loved the event and there were still customers when we were trying to close up, we were quite tired by the end.

“The event raised a total of £207, thanks to the tombola and raffle with money beingdonated to the Alzheimer’s charity.”

Inside there are old photographs froom the area and the couple have also fitted a large screen to play a slide show of over 100 local photographs and some currently unseen footage of local events, all courtesy of local historian Peter Aldred.