Fish and chip shops in Leeds are preparing to be busy at dinnertime as families ditch the meat for Good Friday.
People don’t eat meat on Good Friday – the day Jesus died before being resurrected on Easter Sunday. Although it is linked to religion, it has become a tradition over the centuries in the UK.
That means fries like Croft Street Fisheries in Farsley should be busy.
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Last month, Croft Street Fisheries was named one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK after landing on the Fry Award Top 50 list.
Although since opening at 11:30am they have already served dozens of customers at 1pm, but they believe it will be busier around 5pm with people queuing in the street to place their orders.
Julie Daniels, manager of the chippy, has worked there for 15 years and said on Good Friday that they didn’t even have any fish left.
“There are quite a few people coming in and out,” she said. “We later expect it to be busy at tea time. People went out to drink, families gathered for Easter, the weather is nice. It will be busy and we are prepared for it.
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To meet the demand they might see, they cooked extra fish and also cooked more fries.
Catholics traditionally do not eat meat on Friday, the day Jesus died sacrificing his flesh for our sins. The day he was crucified is called Good Friday.
According to the Bible, he was resurrected on Easter Sunday – three days after his death.