The Olympic torch had a sizzling welcome in Louth - from the Mayor dressed as a Lincolnshire sausage.
Jill Makinson-Sanders arrived among the crowds before 7am, in spite of speculation about where she would do it.
A firm supporter of the campaign to get protected status for the Lincolnshire sausage, she said: "I'm here as a member of the community - not the Mayor.
"Today is Louth Sausage Day. Louth welcomes the Olympic Torch and is proud to announce that the day will also be a celebration of sausages.
"There are free samples and sausage deals from all of the Louth butchers.
"I'm here support the Lincolnshire sausage and be part of this amazing day. So far the response has been very welcoming."
Local resident Mary Carter, 67, said: "Good for her. The Lincolnshire sausage should be protected.
"Everyone loves them - I've even taken them to Germany. No one can make them the same."