VILLAGERS were given a special insight into the recreation of a 1950s chip shop by the Beamish Museum.

The open air museum is recreating Middleton St George’s fish and chip shop, in a 1950s terrace as part of its Remaking Beamish project.

To celebrate the recreation, the Beamish hosted a free, drop-in event at Middleton St George Community Centre on Saturday.

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In enabled residents to find out more about the project and to create stories that could be used in a 1950s “newspaper” that will wrap the fish and chips.

Visitors were also encouraged to share their own memories of life in the village try on 1950s costume and play games from the decade.

The £20million Remaking Beamish project includes a 1950s town, 1950s farm and expansion of the Georgian landscape.

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Middleton’s Fish and Chips is part of the 1950s Front Street terrace, and will serve up the popular 1950s treat.

The original fish and chip shop in Middleton St George was owned and run by Doreen Middleton in the 1950s.

Maria Darling, trustee and secretary of the Middleton St George Community Association, said they were 'thrilled' to be a part of the project.


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