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.
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."
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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