Chippies across Cumbria are being encouraged to put themselves forward for a national award.

The National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) launched the 37th edition of the National Fish and Chip Awards at the start of July.

With 13 categories to enter, including Takeaway of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year, and Employee of the Year, there are plenty of opportunities for businesses to get involved.

Andrew Crook, president of the NFFF, said: “What a year for fish and chips - surveys have shown that fish and chips is once again the nation’s favourite dish.

"The love for a chippy tea is deeply ingrained and the awards are here to champion all the greats out there that are making the industry what it is today."

Over the years, the awards have provided big boosts for businesses that have both won the titles and been shortlisted, meaning there is every reason to take the plunge.

You can find out more and enter the competition by visiting the website here.