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Business / Tonnes of chips and thousands of burgers and bacon rolls: caterers kept busy at Tall Ships

Queues at JK Mainland's burger van during the Tall Ships Races at the end of July. Photo: Shetland News

A CATERING firm which had two trailers at the Tall Ships in Lerwick last week says it sold more than one tonne of chips at the event – and thousands of other items like burgers and bacon rolls.

JK Mainland had trailers at both the main Holmsgarth site and Victoria Pier.

Ronnie Obern said the team were “extremely busy” for all four days and nights.

It comes as the economic impact of the busy event is predicted to be greater than that of the last Tall Ships in 2011.

Obern said it was also a “great opportunity to promote Shetland produce”.

“Huge thanks to all our local suppliers Sandwick Baking Company, Hughson Brothers and Grays, and congratulations to Emma Miller and her team for organising such a great event,” he said.

“Last but not least [thanks] to all our customers for your faithful continued support.”

Meanwhile Island Larder, which also had a stall at the Tall Ships, said it sold out of ice cream three times over.

“We made enough to last us through to the Voe Show on August the 5th but you sold us out by Thursday night at our stall and our shop,” the business said on social media.

“This meant very early starts and very late nights in order for us to open the next day with full display freezers.”

It is thought an average of around 10,000 people day visited the event sites.

A socio-economic study from the last Tall Ships in 2011 suggested there was around £4 million in benefits to Shetland, both through additional spend and also through national and international media coverage.

But Shetland Islands Council’s economic development manager Tommy Coutts said it suspects this time around the figure will be “well above that”.

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