Remember when: We all like a bit of salt and sauce

John Smith and Mark Lazarowicz order fish suppers
John Smith and Mark Lazarowicz order fish suppers
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TONY Winters provoked a wide range of responses this week when he complained being charged 25p for a sachet of tomato sauce at a Capital chippy was “racist”.

The ancient grudge between Edinburgh and Glasgow reared its head again after Tony argued the fee was unfair when he wouldn’t have to pay extra for the Capital’s favourite salt and sauce.

The Globetrotter fish and chip shop in Bruntsfield

The Globetrotter fish and chip shop in Bruntsfield

It was hard to read our coverage earlier this week without a rumbling tummy for background noise – so we delved into the archives for a look back at the city’s long-standing relationship with the staple dish that is fish and chips.

There’s no doubt a supper is a tempting treat for those from all walks of life, including political figures such as late Labour leader John Smith and current Edinburgh North and Leith MP Mark Lazarowicz, who sampled the fried fare at a community-run fish and chip shop in Wester Hailes on August 30, 1986.

In July 1993, 78-year-old Catherine Petranowicz was all smiles as she prepared to tuck into a fish supper at Harry Ramsden’s in Newhaven.

While the “Old Folks’ Big Tuck-In” was no feeding of the 5000, the restaurant marked its opening by rolling out the red carpet for 200 pensioners to enjoy a free lunch.

Five years earlier, the News warned that a trip to the chippy was becoming something of a luxury.

Owner Alfred de Angelis – who was the first man in Edinburgh to sell a spring roll – posed outside his Globetrotter takeaway in Bruntsfield, as he warned he could soon be forced to ask customers to fork out £1.80 for a fish supper – a 50p price rise.

He blamed 65 per cent cuts to the quotas of haddock, cod and whiting that British fisherman were being allowed to catch.