THE EFFORTS of a Keighley restaurant have helped Bradford retain its crown as Curry Capital of Britain for the sixth consecutive year.

Faisal Hussain, general manager of Shimla Spice in Damside, again formed part of the team that worked on the bid with Bradford Council’s tourism department Visit Bradford.

The team this year focused on the theme of celebrating achievements, kicking off with a special Curry Capital Olympics event, followed by a traditional garden party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with special VIPs attending also marking their nonagenarian year.

The campaign culminated with a dedicated fire safety campaign in conjunction with the Yorkshire Fire Service, backed by the restaurants taking part in this year’s bid to raise awareness of health and safety issues in the culinary sector.

Judges praised the team at Visit Bradford for their Curry Capital events, activities and charitable contributions surrounding the competition.

Mr Hussain said: “The win is great news, it’s a double hat trick. Shimla Spice has been the only restaurant that has been on the winning team for the whole six years.”

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, the council’s portfolio holder for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “Each year our bids have to be bigger and better than ever before to retain our crown of Curry Capital of Britain."