A BUTCHER is hoping to wheel away from an awards ceremony with a gold medal for his latest creation.
Tasked with coming up with a sausage inspired by an iconic British figure or event, Paul Clark settled on Tour de France winner and Olympic champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins.
The award-winning 46-year-old is a big fan of Wiggins - famed for his long sideburns – and wanted to celebrate his historic achievements this year.
Mr Clark, who runs George H Pickings in Front Street, East Boldon, came up with the French-style banger – flavoured with garlic and herbs – shortly after Wiggings became the first Brit to win the Tour de France.
The sausage has now been chosen as one of four “iconic” creations to take part in the Stand Up For British Bangers competition, held today at Newcastle’s Blackfriars restaurant and judged by comedian Al Murray.
The contest coincides with British Sausage Week, which started on Monday.
If he comes out on top, Mr Clark will land a British Banger Award from organisers the British Sausage Appreciation Society, and a cash prize to donate to charity.
He said: “I enter the competition every year but this is the first time there was a category for an ‘iconic’ sausage.
“It was a chance to try a few different things out and think about what I could celebrate.
“I thought everyone would be going for some kind of jubilee theme so I went down a different route and chose the Bradley Wiggins sausage.
“He won two great titles by hard work and dedication and I thought it was only right to try and honour that.”
Mr Clark is also a fan of the cyclist’s style.
He added: “I’ve got a scooter and was a bit of a mod in the past and of course Bradley is too.
“That just makes me like him a bit more.
“I think the sausage is a good one – hopefully the pub landlord will too.”
Al Murray – named King of Sizzle for his part in the contest – said: “It’s a huge honour to be the King of Sizzle for 2012. I’ll be travelling the length and breadth of the land crowning the pride of British bangers. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.”