THERE was a wide variety of bangers on offer at the latest food-based competition in a Scarborough pub at the weekend.
And regulars at the Alma Inn, off Victoria Road, managed to raise £145 for the MS Society as a result of the tasty contest.
Landlord Steve Woods said that previous contests had featured pork pies, steak pies and even pate, and the number of entries was about average.
Tim Dent, one of the organisers from the north side of Scarborough, said that there were a lot of different sausage varieties which had been submitted including Cumberland and venison.
He added: “We’ve got some left in the pub kitchen which will be cooked for later. It does bring people in and it is an enjoyable competition.”
The prized job for the afternoon was to be one of the two judges who faced the tough task of scoring the various bangers – Richard Waterson, of Stepney Road, and David Tymon, of Gladstone Road.
Richard said: “It’s going to be a very tough job but somebody’s got to do it. The standard is a lot better than we thought. It’s just a little bit different – it’s got a different element to it.”
David added that they held the contests every few months and a different charity was chosen each time.
“It started a couple of years ago with a pork pie competition.
“Every few months we try something different. I think I’ve been a judge in just about every one. They can’t keep me away.”
He agreed that the standard of entries was high and said: “The quality of stuff has been excellent all through these competitions. People take it very seriously.”
The overall winner was Andy Hayes, second place was awarded to Jonathan Hayes, Charlie Wrightson took third place and Toby Wrightson was placed fourth.
l It is estimated that, every day, five million Britons will eat sausages.
The word sausage is derived from the Latin word salsus which means something salted. Sausages were called bangers during the Second World War because they contained so much water they exploded when fried.