MORE than a thousand people queued up to grab a bargain 1p fish and chips portion from a patriotic Halesowen chippie.

The queue outside Merchants on Halesowen Road lasted around one hour and forty minutes on average, as eager customers queued up to get their bargain fish and chips.

The amazing deal was introduced on Thursday (June 6) to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast during World War II as well as National Fish and Chips Day.

The chippie raised £220 for the British Legion's Poppy Appeal. 

Michael Jordan, who owns Merchants jointly with his brother-in-law Antony Akathiotis said: "It was a fantastic day.

"We did 1,200 portions for 1p. It's left us out of pocket, but it was great.

People queueing for their 1p fish and chips portionPeople queueing for their 1p fish and chips portion (Image: Leoni Lambrou)

"There was a brilliant community spirit, everyone was having a good time.

"The queue was around one hour and forty minutes.

"We were prepared as we expected it - but it was crazy!

"We ran out at about 7pm.

"People were queueing the whole time - someone got there at 9am."

Michael said Merchants, which has just sold its Stourbridge fish and chip shop, has eateries in Halesowen and Bewdley and is a family-run firm.

The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Along with the associated airborne operations, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe.