A LONG-established butchers is celebrating after its Lincolnshire sausage has been officially named the best in the East Midlands.
Lakings of Louth beat 300 of entries for its Lincolnshire sausage to be named the East Midlands Legendary British Banger.
The final also saw another Louth butcher featured as Trevor Fairburn, of Fairburns of Louth, made it to the final stages.
The award, a golden sausage disc, was presented to Lakings manager Chris Smith and John Laking by Slade frontman Noddy Holder, who was the British Sausage Week 2011 ambassador.
The sausage also enters the British Sausage Week Hall of Fame.
Owner John Laking said the sausage is truly legendary because the recipe dates back generations
He said: "My late grandfather saw the war come in and he evolved the seasoning for this sausage and that same recipe from 1938 is still being used today.
"It is very popular with customers. The award is good for Louth, especially as Trevor Fairburn was in the final too."
Manager Chris Smith has been skilfully preparing the sausage for 34 years.
He said: "We are over the moon with the result. We were just glad to have been able to take part but it was a bit of a shock to win.
"The sausages were judged as a cooked product and the flavour. As well as the preparation, the ingredients are so important. We use locally sourced pork and natural skins."
Slade frontman, Noddy Holder, has led the national search to find Britain's Legendary Bangers.
Commenting on Lakings' winning sausage, Noddy said: "The standard of entries was incredibly high in the East Midlands, with many sausages worthy of the title of legendary sausage. Lakings' Lincolnshire sausage was among the best I have tasted. They truly deserve a spot in the Sausage Hall of Fame."
ANOTHER Louth butcher is celebrating success after picking up a number of awards at this year's Smithfield Awards.
Meridian Meats picked up six of the awards which are run by the Q Guild of Butchers and are renown in the meat industry as the best of the best with competition from across the country.
Meridian Meats won gold for its pork, lime and chilli burgers as well as its chicken liver pate.
It won three silver medals one for smoked shortback bacon, one for game pie and also for its pork loin stuffed with peaches, as well as a bronze for its Italian style loin of pork.
In the Horncastle area, Minting Park Farm recently entered the BPEX Foodservice Pork Sausage of the Year 2011.
It was awarded gold for its plain pork sausage, silver for its Lincolnshire sausage, gluten free Lincolnshire sausage and its firey Lop pork chilli sausage.
All of their sausages are made from the farm's own British Lop pigs, one of the rarest native breeds.