By Chief Correspondent Rob Thomas
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is urging her constituents to put forward the name of their favourite kebab seller for a national award.
And there are only a few days left before the nominations for the 10th British Kebab Awards close on January 21.
The competition has 18 categories ranging from, “Best Newcomer and Chef of the Year to Best Kebab Van, Customer Satisfaction as well as the eight awards for the best kebabs restaurants across the UK.”
The awards’ website states: “There are now over 20,000 kebab outlets in the UK selling around 2,500 tonnes of lamb and chicken doner a week. There are also around 200 doner kebab manufacturers in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £750m.”
Overall, it is estimated that the kebab industry is, “worth over £2.8bn to the British economy and every day, more than 1.5m kebabs are sold across Britain.”
These figures support Caroline Dinenage’s view that: “The contribution that the British kebab industry makes both economically and culturally is worth celebrating.
“We have some great local kebab shops in our area – this is the perfect time to show how much you appreciate your favourite by nominating them for the Awards.”
Nominations can be submitted HERE.
In a kebab shop when she heard of damehood
At the beginning of January, The News reported that Caroline Dinenage first heard she was to become a Dame when she received a text from her husband – Mark Lancaster, Baron Lancaster of Kimbolton – during a visit to a kebab shop on New Year’s Eve.
She has confirmed to The Globe that she did not receive a letter beforehand even though it is the usual procedure for those receiving honours to do so.
At the time, she stated: “I feel humbled, surprised and very chuffed.
“2022 certainly kicked off in an unexpected way! I have been very fortunate to have represented my lovely Gosport constituency for 11 years and to have served as a minister for 6 1/2 years in 6 different government departments and for 3 Prime Ministers.
“I’ve worked alongside brilliant and dedicated people both locally and across Westminster, who deserve most of the credit for this honour.”
Photograph (top): Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage