England: Fish and chips declared a national icon – Fishupdate.com

England: Fish and chips declared a national icon Published:  08 August, 2006

Fish and chip fan Claire Rayner

FISH and chips has been declared as a national icon of England in a list of 20 unveiled by ICONS.

The latest announcement brings the total number of official Icons of England in the ICONS collection to 53. In addition, there are now approximately 600 icons nominations, which continue to attract votes and comments from the public.

The project, which launched in January, has definitely caught the public imagination. Funded initially by Culture Online, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, ICONS has attracted more than 350,000 votes for the nation’s favourite icons and more than half a million people have visited the site.

The listing confirms the iconic status of England’s favourite take-away supper.

“What could possibly be more romantic than fish and chips? Going to a movie, where you cuddle close to each other and then buying your paper-wrapped piece of cod or haddock, and sitting side by side on a park bench to eat it — there are myriad couples around this country who will remember their young days and the delectable taste of fish and chips when it was the most delicious food in the world,” said Agony Aunt and Journalist, Claire Rayner, who nominated Fish and Chips as an Icon of England.

For more information go to www.ICONS.org.uk

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