I was saddened to see the demise of what was once the ‘World’s largest Fish & Chip Shop’ – Harry Ramsden’s – at Guiseley. I remember making a long trip by bus as a youngster, joining an enormous queue and scoffing from a tray while sitting on an outside bench before making the twenty-mile journey home. I think it was the first time I’d had chips out of a tray… normally it was a 4d bag o’ chips ‘wibitson’ from a little wooden hut near home. Ramsden’s started in a shed eighty-three years ago and later Harry the entrepreneur added his ‘Palace’ to the side where people – who turned up in busloads – could sit and eat. It became so popular that Dalesman printed what must have been the first book about a chip shop. Eventually other branches opened and the name spread around the globe. Now a Yorkshire icon has had its chips – what are your memories of the old place?

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