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East Yorkshire independent butcher celebrates win in UK Sausage Week competition

East Yorkshire independent butcher celebrates win in UK Sausage Week competition


The team at a Market Weighton butcher's shop are celebrating after winning a prestigious award in a national competition to celebrate UK Sausage Week (29th October to 4thNovember).


F. Leake's butcher wontheBest Independent Butcher: North East - Innovative Category for its Chicken, Chicken Liver, Leek and Stilton sausage that was created by butcher Nathen Ransley using chicken from Soanes Poultry of Middleton on the Wolds.


F. Leake's proprietor, Thomas Bollon was one of 27 winners to be presented with an award at a celebration lunch atPlaisterers' Hall, London that washosted bycelebrity chef, author, broadcaster and cookery school businesswoman Sophie Grigson on Monday. The event marked the start of the annual sausage week initiative that celebratesand promotes British sausages.


A delighted Mr Bollon, who only took over the established butcher's shop three years ago from David and Fran Preston, said: "We have been so busy over the last three years that we have not entered a single competition and now we have won, at our first attempt - we're over the moon!


"I would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing and very, very local poultry supplier Soanes Poultry for not only challenging us to create a sausage with a difference, but also for suppling us with such a great product."


Around 500 different sausages were entered into the competition and were judged at The Regional Food Academy, Harper Adams University, by Institute of Meat CEO Keith Fisher, Q Guild of Butchers manager Claire Holland, members of Ladies in Pigs and other industry experts.


Chief judge Keith Fisher said: "Throughout the judging we tasted everything from turkey through to venison and some of the flavour combinations used were truly inspired. The care and attention that's been put into the products submitted was clear."


Throughout UK Sausage Week, butchers, manufacturers, retailers and associations are hosting their own sausage events, special promotions, competitions and tastings.



Photo:  L-R Nathen Ransley, Ben Lee from Soanes Poultry, Thomas Bollon Butcher celebrates sausage win


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Notes to editors

1.      For more information about F.Leake's butcher, please visit

2.      For more information about UK Sausage Week, please visit

3.      For more information aboutSoanes Poultry, please

4.      Keep up to date withSoanes Poultry's news onFacebook,Twitterand the business bloghere.

5.      Soanes Poultry supplies its chicken to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers nationwide.

6.      Soanes Poultry is accredited under the BritishRetail Consortium Food Safety Standard A Grade and the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Standard.