GLASGOW WIN CURRY CAPITAL OF BRITAIN 2010
This means Glasgow have won the title an amazing
Official result :
1st - GLASGOW 2nd BRADFORD 3rd WOLVERHAMPTON
Glasgow, winners of the Curry Capital of Britain
title in 2002, 2005 and 2006 showed they were as hungry as ever to
regain their title with a campaign that judges decided was a victory
for teamwork between the Council, the four team restaurants and the
curry-loving Glasgow public.
At each stage the organisers were bombarded with
enthusiasm from the tens of thousands of votes to decide the
restaurant team of Koolba, Balbirs, Mr Singh's and Mother India
Café, votes for the city itself, a fantastic submission by the
Council supported by the Lord Provost and incredible fund raising by
all four team restaurants for The Curry Tree Charitable Fund.
"The 13 experienced judges from all round the
country wish it to be known that their job was made very difficult
due to the very high standard of team restaurants and general
competition this year," commented founder and organiser Peter Grove
Bradford was deemed to have the most innovative
submission and newcomers Wolverhampton deserve special mention for a
tremendous first time showing. However Glasgow was judged to be the
winner for the fourth time by just 2 points for an outstanding team
effort from all parties co-ordinated by the Council and supported by
the Scottish media.
"It has been the most fascinating running of
the event so far," continued Grove. "Not only did many
councils organise the submission required by the rules but also
organised micro websites and Facebook or Twitter campaigns."
Winners in 2007 Leicester were a very close fourth,
putting up a fierce fight to defend their title just pipping
Birmingham (winners in 2005) with Sheffield in 6th in its best
showing to date suggesting it will be a strong contender in 2011.
Other teams included Manchester, Newcastle,
Liverpool, Leeds and Cardiff and it is expected at least two more
will be competing next year for the title which, it has been claimed,
can boost tourism by £1.5 million.
The result was announced today on the BBC Radio
Midlands Breakfast Show with high hopes that Birmingham could
reproduce their 2005 victory. When the result was announced in the
usual reverse order presenter Phil Upton was stunned and described it
as "news we didn't want to hear."
"I can understand the disappointment of many
cities that are convinced they deserve the title almost by right, but
winning the title is more than just having great restaurants,"
commented Grove. "It is a joint effort by the public, the
council and, of course, the restaurants that results in a winning
package of excellence combined with enthusiasm and the result next
year could be completely different."