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Mayor of Louth's sausage costume to greet Olympic Torch 'looked like a penis'

By Barnaby_B  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

  • SAUSAGE DEBATE: Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders dressed as a sausage during the Olympic Torch Relay.

  • SAUSAGE DEBATE: Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders dressed as a sausage during the Olympic Torch Relay.

  • SAUSAGE DEBATE: Mayor of Louth Jill Makinson-Sanders

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The Mayor of Louth has made national headlines after an Olympic Torch Relay stunt - with many people saying her novelty sausage costume was mistaken for a penis.

Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders, 61, wore the unusual 8ft-tall pink costume to promote the famous Lincolnshire sausage on the national stage.

The unusual caper was much-publicised ahead of the day and had already drawn criticism from some of the town's residents.

Bill Nicholson, from Kidgate, wrote to every town councillor objecting and demanded that the mayoress be stopped.

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He said: “The council chamber must put a stop to this embarrassment and restore some dignity to the people of Louth who do not want the local Olympic event hijacked for commercial reasons.

“To insult the whole spirit of the Olympic movement and the modest people who have carried the Torch is not in Louth’s interest.”

Despite this plea, Coun Makinson-Sanders secured the 'phallic' costume and stunned many residents in the Lincolnshire town who branded it 'obscene'.

Mum-of-two Sandra Ellington, 38, said: "She probably thought she was being quite fun and quirky - but it backfired a little bit.

"People couldn't take their eyes off her because it looks so rude. Her outfit certainly gained a few titters among the crowd."

Comments on Wednesday's story on This is Lincolnshire included: "The costume makes her look like a gentleman's appendage," and "she is clearly deluded if she thinks that costume looks anything like a sausage."

Further reaction from local residents has appeared in the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror today.

Councillor Makinson-Sanders defended her actions, claiming that Louth Town Council had not been officially invited to have anything to do with the Olympic Torch or to meet the Torch and welcome it into the town.

"I was not attending in my capacity as mayor. I serve the town as mayor but only when invited to do so," she said.

Some local residents have defended the mayoress - even praising her for being bold and imaginative initiative.

Patrick Neville, chairman of Louth Food and Drink group on Louth Town Partnership said:“She is doing what Louth richly deserves – getting us recognised as a food town of excellence. Rather than complain, these people should welcome the Mayor’s actions."

Another commenter on this website added: "I think it is wonderful that people in higher places can prove that they are human. What a load of miserable so-and-so's and total snobs we have. I think that she's doing more for the Lincolnshire sausage than a bunch of Mayor's chains could do."

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  • ukrockhunter  |  July 10 2012, 5:05PM

    It's official. JohnChelt is a penis expert. Thanks John for your insightful comments.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  July 04 2012, 10:24PM

    Thank goodness for JohnChelt - I thought nobody would ever point out that only genuine Lincolnshire sausages contain eyebrows and two legs.

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  • christine313  |  July 04 2012, 4:56PM

    I usually read This is Grimsby but came across this whilst looking at information about the Lincolnshire Sausage. This lady has guts and she certainly has put Louth on the map. I take my hat off to her !!! You will always get the moaners who constantly want to be negative and try to put a spoke in somebodys wheel. PS Lincolnshire sausages are simply the best

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  • JohnChelt  |  July 04 2012, 11:02AM

    I've never seen a penis with eyebrows, let alone two legs. Some people have a weird imagination. I somehow think that if they walked past a pane of glass or a bicycle they'd see it as a penis. What a load of fuss about nothing. Well done Cllr Makinson-Sanders for showing you're human & doing your bit for an important local industry. If I lived in Louth you'd get my vote.

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  • Markemdown  |  July 03 2012, 11:17PM

    I just saw this story over here in Canada and I think it's absolutely wonderful, as do all the other people that I have sent it to. Jill Makinson-Sanders has done Louth proud, well done. The people who are complaining should hang their heads in shame, do you not realize that your pathetic whining portrays some of Louth's residents in a terrible light, miserable, grey, humourless and sad. As for those that read any sexual context into this I can only suggest that you receive some kind of help to rectify the way in which your perverted minds work. Good for Louth and good for the lady Mayoress, great job, makes me very proud to be British.

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  • SOSferryman  |  July 03 2012, 10:45PM

    Jill Makinson-Sanders - you are my hero! I haven't laughed so much for a long time, seeing you dressed as a sausage! You score 11 out of 10 for originality. It will probably become the most memorable torch visit to a town for the 2012 olympics. You have well and truly put Louth on the national map. More so than any previous mayors of the town - WELL DONE! If I thought for one minute that by dressing up as a giant sausage with looked like a penis would give Sutton on Sea the same national publicity I would go out and do it tomorrow. Problem is there are that many people that think I am a *****, it wouldn't have the same effect. GO GIRL GO! BTW: To those who don't know that Mayor of Louth, she is a very elegant lady.

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  • nightowl804  |  July 01 2012, 10:44PM

    this all goes to show how dirty minded todays society is doesn't it! lmao

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  • ItOccurred2Me  |  July 01 2012, 10:16PM

    Love Bill Nicholson's comment re the Olympic Torch event "not being hijacked for commercial reasons". Doesn't he realise that the whole torch relay is a corporate publicity event sponsored by Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB? And that the Sausage is the only thing associated with the Olympics which isn't actually plastered with sponsors' logos?

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  • bwvixen  |  July 01 2012, 2:26PM

    Dress up like a sausage? Wrong or right, the girl's got balls.

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  • muscadet  |  July 01 2012, 8:53AM

    Sausage? Looks like a condom to me.

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