Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee put Britain’s best bangers to the test

The lovely Debbie McGee and husband Paul Daniels

The lovely Debbie McGee and husband Paul Daniels

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

IT was a tough decision but eventually the winner of the regional sausage of the year was crowned. The theme for this year’s competition was Britain’s Magical Banger, so who better to judge than magician Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee.

The pair came to Southampton for the event as part of National Sausage Week, which has seen a nation-wide search for the best bangers.

After hundreds of entries an army of tasters whittled down the top four that were served up at Oxfords at Oxford Street.

The winning one was made by GM Matthews butchers from Bexhill who scored highly with his chilli inspired Devil’s Bite Sausage.

Runner-up was Simon Broadribb of Upton’s Butchers in Bassett. He said: “It’s a shame not to win, but these events are just a great opportunity to raise the profile of the products and meet up with other butchers.”

He added it was hard trying to come up with new flavour combinations but was pleased with his effort of pork with spinach and tomato.

Performer Paul, who prefers his barbecued, said: “We have been amazed at the quality and variety of sausages. I was brought up thinking a sausage was just a staple food but there is so much more you can do with them.”

Debbie, who likes to serve hers in a casserole with cider, added: “It has been great fun and really interesting to see what combinations people have come up with. Sausages are part of our heritage so it’s important to always buy British too.”

Fellow judge and owner of Oxford’s Simon Foderingham added: “We are very well endowed in Hampshire with some great produce that makes for some great sausages. The public loves sausages and they continue to be a favourite here on our menu.”

British Sausage Week, which runs all this week, is aimed at celebrating the taste, quality and diversity of the sausage of which there are some 400 varieties in Britain alone.

Along with a host of events taking part at supermarkets and butchers across the region, the campaign is encouraging families to get creative at home.

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9:14am Wed 4 Nov 09

Linesman says...

Before Labour won the first of their elections to Government, Paul Daniels was quoted as saying that if Labour won, he would emigrate.

After all these years, why is he still here?

Before Labour won the first of their elections to Government, Paul Daniels was quoted as saying that if Labour won, he would emigrate. After all these years, why is he still here? Linesman
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9:48am Wed 4 Nov 09

Finlay says...

The bigget bore in British (cynical laughter) entertainment.

I hoped he had gone of with the equally boring Jimmy Tarbuck to New Zealand.

The bigget bore in British (cynical laughter) entertainment. I hoped he had gone of with the equally boring Jimmy Tarbuck to New Zealand. Finlay
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9:59am Wed 4 Nov 09

My View from the Hill says...

These two are about as interesting as a sausage, quite apt they the organisers chose Paul Daniels and Debbie McGeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to judge the competition
These two are about as interesting as a sausage, quite apt they the organisers chose Paul Daniels and Debbie McGeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to judge the competition My View from the Hill
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10:25am Wed 4 Nov 09

freemantlegirl2 says...

Linesman wrote:
Before Labour won the first of their elections to Government, Paul Daniels was quoted as saying that if Labour won, he would emigrate.

After all these years, why is he still here?

PMSL!! yes I remember that!! he should have had a load of very hard Bologna's stuffed in his big mouth years ago!!

Commiserations to Upton's though for not winning but many congratulations for runner up :) a fine butcher with an outstanding reputation!
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Before Labour won the first of their elections to Government, Paul Daniels was quoted as saying that if Labour won, he would emigrate. After all these years, why is he still here? [/p][/quote]PMSL!! yes I remember that!! he should have had a load of very hard Bologna's stuffed in his big mouth years ago!! Commiserations to Upton's though for not winning but many congratulations for runner up :) a fine butcher with an outstanding reputation! freemantlegirl2
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11:03am Wed 4 Nov 09

Duckorange says...

Can't stop laughing at the photo. Now that's magic!
Can't stop laughing at the photo. Now that's magic! Duckorange
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2:47pm Wed 4 Nov 09

Big Mac says...

That'll be them preparing the smoked sausages and bacon that everyone raves about. Best sticking with the cheap and cheerful garbage Gorf.
That'll be them preparing the smoked sausages and bacon that everyone raves about. Best sticking with the cheap and cheerful garbage Gorf. Big Mac
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3:44pm Wed 4 Nov 09

Brite Spark says...

That photo is disgusting he is old enough to be her grandfather ... nearly, "and that's tragic!"
That photo is disgusting he is old enough to be her grandfather ... nearly, "and that's tragic!" Brite Spark
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9:33pm Wed 4 Nov 09

Reality-man says...

Duckorange wrote:
Can't stop laughing at the photo. Now that's magic!
Great isn't it. It appears that Paul loves the sausage a bit more than Debbie from the pic!
[quote][p][bold]Duckorange[/bold] wrote: Can't stop laughing at the photo. Now that's magic![/p][/quote]Great isn't it. It appears that Paul loves the sausage a bit more than Debbie from the pic! Reality-man
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