KING of the links Paul Clark has notched up even more acclaim for his sausages at a national competition.
And this time he was named overall supreme champion.
The butcher, who runs George H Pickings in Front Street, East Boldon, won four gold awards for his bangers at the Robin Hood Sausage Championship and landed the prize for the best Lincolnshire sausage.
It is not the first time the 46-year-old has triumphed at the contest – which is held in Nottingham – but he is still honoured to be held in such high esteem.
The competition had scores of butchers entering from all over the country and was judged by respected authorities from within the trade.
Paul said: “It’s a great feeling to come back from Nottingham with more awards.
“It’s a great contest with lots of excellent butchers, which means we’ve all got to provide top quality ingredients.
“And no matter how many I win, I’m still surprised when I hear my name called out.
“But while winning is excellent, these competitions aren’t just good for me, they’re great for the trade and for customers.
“It means people know what butchers are selling is of the highest standard.
“Hopefully, it will tempt people back to their local butcher rather than buying from a supermarket.
“I know exactly what is in my sausages and where it came from.”
Paul won gold awards for his new pork and red onion marmalade sausage and a Toulouse sausage.
He also took some of the prizes for his pure pork banger.
And he dedicated the awards to his driver Ted Craig, who died recently.
He said: “Ted was a great bloke and worked for me for years.
“Sadly, he died recently after an illness.
“I said that any awards I win this year are for him.”