Castle Rushen High School

Care, Quality, Opportunity

Dear Parents/Carers,

June 6th this year marks the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

As part of the UK wide celebrations, National Fish and Chip day is being celebrated on 6th June. However this falls in TT week, so we are celebrating early on May 28th by offering fish and chips on the menu in all schools.

This humble meal was a vital ingredient of the war effort in both the First and Second World Wars. It celebrates those fishers and farmers who kept on working to supply potatoes and fish throughout the British Isles. The British Government safeguarded the supply of fish and potatoes during both world wars to ensure the dish remained a boost to morale and these foods were among the few not to be subject to rationing during both world wars.

In the Isle of Man it was probably spuds and herring that kept people going and not so much fish and chips! But National Fish and Chip Day recognises and thanks everyone involved in bringing fish and chips to the centre of every community; from the fishers who go out in all weathers to catch the delicious fish, and the farmers who grow and harvest the perfect potatoes and peas, to the fish and chip shops and restaurants who take those fresh ingredients and create our family favourite.

If you'd like to find out more about the Manx links to D-Day please find all the DESC resources here:

Best wishes

Jo Callister

Advisory Teacher for the Manx Curriculum