Kids have hidden talents in many fields but few can match George Hoy’s extraordinary ability for guessing the height of Redcar Beacon – in chips!
George won his weight in chips from Oliver’s Fish and Chips takeaway in his Redcar hometown when the 11-year-old guessed the height of the local landmark as part of a fun competition to celebrate National Chip Week.
The self-confessed chippy fan won the top prize by guessing that it would take 405 Oliver’s chips standing end-to-end to reach the height the 80-foot Beacon.
And it means the St Benedict’s Primary School pupil can now look forward to munching his way through his weight in chips.
Unfortunately, George’s diminutive proportions – he’s one of the smallest boys in his school year – means he’s going to miss out on a few chips.
Weighing in at 4st 7lbs – around 30kgs – he can still look forward to enjoying 78 complimentary portions of the national favourite!
And George insists he hasn’t decided whether to ask for the help of sisters Beatrice, 9, and Eloisa, 7, to chomp through his weighty chip challenge.
“I’ve been thinking about whether I should share my prize,” he said. “I haven’t decided yet. I’ll have to decide.”
While many customers submitted guesses that suggested the Beacon was the equivalent height of thousands of chips, George’s guesses proved so accurate that he also got the second and third-best guesses with entries he submitted on behalf of his younger sisters.
Explaining the secret to the his success, he revealed: “What I did was I just worked out how long each chip was and then guessed how many metres high the Beacon was. I knew it was very high because I’ve been right to the top!”
Mum Lisa laughed: “We just wish George was a bit bigger as he could have won a lot more chips – but despite being one of the oldest he’s also one of the smallest in his class.
“He’s a very fussy eater. He normally only eats bread and butter for lunch – but I guess he’ll be having chips with everything for the next few months!”
Oliver’s head fryer Mike Roberts, who runs the award-winning Bath Street takeaway and restaurant with wife Helen, said: “Dozens of people took part in the competition, which was all about celebrating National Chip Week as a proud Redcar business by having a bit of fun with our customers.
“The Beacon is actually 384 chips high – so it was a cracking guess by George, especially as he also submitted two more very good guesses on behalf of his sisters.”
Last year Oliver’s became one of Teesside’s only eateries to receive a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from online review website Trip Advisor.
• Pictured (above): Chip champion George Hoy celebrates winning his weight in chips – the equivalent of three bags of potatoes – with Oliver’s owner Mike Roberts and team member Lee Himsworth.