World record cod and chips served in Doncaster
A chippie in Doncaster is claiming to have broken the world record for the largest portion of cod and chips. Scawsby Fisheries served 33lb (15kg) of battered cod alongside 64lb (29kg) of chips.
As the picture shows on the right, it is a gargantuan amount of grub.
Doncaster paratrooper Ben Parkinson, who lost both legs below the knee in Afghanistan in 2006 (and invariably lost an arm after his arteries hardened once he'd tucked into all that food), was the first person to get stuck in.
Scawsby Fisheries reckon they've beaten the old record of 77lb (34.9kg) by 20lb (9.1kg), previously held by some place in Boston (where they have equally peculiar accents).
Martin Bilby, who works at the chippie, said the proof will now be given to Guinness World Records. "We lifted the fish out of the fryer using two clean garden forks," he said. "It took some getting out, to be honest. Two of us lifted it out and two people held the tray it went on."
While Bilby is clearly not a funny or interesting man, judging by his words surrounding the event, he's clearly got a kind heart. All this was to raise money for Ben Parkinson's charity, Pilgrim Bandits. Buying stocks in diabetes syringes around the Doncaster area might be an idea too...