One pea, two peas, three peas...

easy peasy: Aldo with the empty jar after painstakingly counting the peas - all 4,255 of them!
easy peasy: Aldo with the empty jar after painstakingly counting the peas - all 4,255 of them!

A POPULAR Clitheroe chip shop asked its customers to “guess how many peas are in the jar” and raised £117 for charity.

Customers at Whalley Road Chippy paid 50p to hazard a guess at how many dried peas filled a sweetie jar on the counter top. Guesses varied wildly, but the winner was just 24 peas out.

She is Mrs Maureen Rowlandson, of Clitheroe, who guessed at 4,279 peas and was closest to the actual total of 4,255, verified by proprietor Aldo Giaquinto, who spent the best part of an hour counting them all.

Runner-up was Abby Talbot, also from Clitheroe, who guessed 4,199, and in third place was Martyn Bishop, from Bolton-by-Bowland, with a guess of 4,320.

Lucky Mrs Rowlandson wins two portions of Whalley Road Chippy’s award-winning fish, chips and peas each month for a year, and even though there wasn’t officially a prize for second and third place, Aldo has promised free chips with their fish to the runners-up on their next visit.

The £117 raised will be divided equally between the North-West Air Ambulance and Our Local Heroes Foundation.

Thanking his customers for their support, Aldo commented: “It was great fun and a positive result considering that the entry price was only 50p and we had it running just for three months.”