Restaurant adds some sauce to Chip Week

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As the wind and rain lashed Yorkshire, few people were willing to brave a stroll on the seashore.

Apart from this hardy couple, it seems. Yorkshire-based chippie Quayside of Whitby has revived the saucy seaside postcard, so beloved by our ancestors, to mark National Chip Week.

“Saucy postcards are as much part of the seaside experience as fish and chips, so we wanted to bring the two famous traditions together again in our own way,” said Stuart Fusco, the director and head chef at Quayside.

The saucy postcard was commissioned from local artist and illustrator Neil Pearson, who is best known for his paintings and sketches of the North Yorkshire coastline and its characters.

They may not be in keeping with our politically correct times, but saucy postcards once sold in their millions.

With their groan-inducing double entendres, the postcards reeled in total sales of around £16m a year between 1930 and 1960.

Life-changing break

WHAT sort of experiences do you take home from your holiday?

John Lees, a director at Bradford-based printing company ABS UK, brought something back from one of his holidays that changed the course of his life.

During a family break to Sri Lanka, and a stint as a volunteer at the Eliya Children’s Home, Mr Lees discovered that the orphanage was in dire need of help. It needed an infirmary to provide care for the children and the wider community.

When he returned home, Mr Lees decided to act. He persuaded the board at ABS UK to get involved. In April last year, after consultation with the Sri Lankan architect and other stakeholders, a donation of £9,400 was agreed,

Building work began in June 2013. ABS has set up an incentive programme, which means that two members of the ABS UK team can win an expenses-paid trip to volunteer at the infirmary.

The winners were Jeff Bullock and James Graley. Next week, they will join Mr Lees and fellow director Simon Haigh in Tangalle, Sri Lanka, where they will spend nine days helping the local community.

The memories they bring back should last a lifetime.