Butcher set to sizzle during sausage week

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HUCKNALL family butcher Andy Cunnington has done an excellent job in teaching his son, Ashley, the tricks of the trade when it comes to making sausages.

So much so that Ashley (20) has qualified for the East Midlands final of the prestigious British Sausage Week competition.

The event will be held at the Orange Tree pub on Shakespeare Street, Nottingham next Wednesday.

In being short-listed as one of eight competitors, Ashley has pipped his dad, who has had to be content with a silver award for his own bangers.

“I have had quite a lot of ribbing about this,” quipped Andy (49).

The self-styled ‘King of Sizzle’ and legendary stand-up comedian, Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, will be joining members of the British Sausage Appreciation Society to judge the contest.

Al is a keen connoisseur of sausages and cannot wait to put the porkers through their paces.

Butchers from all over the country have entered this year’s competition, submitting their tastiest and most innovative creations across the two caegories of ‘Standing Up For British Bangers’ and ‘Iconic Sausages’.

The regional winners will receive a special award and a donation to the charity of their choice.

Ashley will be competing in the ‘Iconic’ section with his speciality of Robin Hood Wild Boar sausages. This conjures up the image of the legendary outlaw and his merry men chasing big game, after which they would have enjoyed this delicious concoction, flavoured with black pepper and thyme.

“It would have been the ideal fare after they returned from a hard day stealing from the rich to give to the poor,” a nomination reads.

The Cunningtons have traded at their shop at the junction of Annesley Road and Carlingford Road for three years. It was previously Clays, also quality butchers, for many years.

As well as their sausages, the Cunningtons pride themselves on their home-made pork pies and cooked meats. Andy’s wife, Patricia, contributes tasty home-made cakes.

n OUR PHOTO shows Ashley with some of his tasty sausages — DISPIC NHUD12-2813-1