FOOD: Express anniversary sausage wins top award!

Neil Whittaker, Danny Heys and Matthew Stott from Heys Butchers who won six gold awards for their sausage and burgers.

Neil Whittaker, Danny Heys and Matthew Stott from Heys Butchers who won six gold awards for their sausage and burgers.

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A CELEBRATION sausage created to mark the 125th anniversary of the Burnley Express has won a top award.

Burnley butcher George Heys struck gold with the “Hot Off the Press” sausage which was created to mark the newspaper’s milestone year.

George, who runs Heys Butchers shop in Lyndhurst Road, saw the brilliant banger bag a gold award at the British Pig Executive (BPEX) Regional Roadshow.

The prize-winning pork sausage, which contains a mix of herbs, nutmeg, black pepper and toasted onions, was even given a whopping 99 out of 100 mark in the competition at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

George’s son Danny, who works at the family business, said: “The ‘Hot off the Press’ sausage was just a special edition for the Burnley Express 125th anniversary but because the customers liked it so much we have kept selling it in the shop.

“The judges liked it too – the Burnley Express sausage got 99 out of 100 marks. To get a mark like that is amazing. It is pretty impossible to get 100%. The judges rarely give out 100 but it was our highest scoring mark on the day.

“It has been a really big success. We will certainly keep selling it.”

The family butcher shop is celebrating a total of six gold awards and five silvers at the prestigious pork industry event including sausages, burgers and sausage rolls.

One of the golds was given to Neil Whittaker in the “Young Butcher Section” for his “Moroccan Marvel” sausage. Danny (33) said: “It is a really big event. It is great to get feedback from all the judges – they were really happy about all the products we had entered. It is absolutely fantastic to do so well.”

George added: “I think they have done really well. They were all new products that have never been judged before. It bodes well for the future.”