THE king of the bangers has scooped another award – and he credits his lucky frying pan for helping him.
Paul Clark, who runs George H Pickings in Front Street, East Boldon, was named supreme champion in the Northern Council of Butchers annual sausage and ham competition.
It is the eighth time the 46-year-old has walked off with the top prize.
He said: “I’m a bit superstitious and I’ve got a lucky frying pan, which I’ve had for 15 years, and I’ve won eight times in nine years.”
The competition took place at Blackwells Butchers in Teesside, where judges awarded first place to the reigning champion’s beef sausage, and first and second places to pork bangers.
Elsewhere Gordon Robson, 41, of Gordon’s Butchers and Fine Foods in East Boldon, clinched second place in the beef sausage category. He also won best cooked ham of the contest, earning full marks from judges after boiling the ham up in cola and making a syrup with chilli and cherry brandy.
Runner-up prizes in the pork and beef sausage rounds went to Stirks Butchers in Grangetown, which hit the headlines with its Paolo Di Canio-inspired banger.
Owner John Stirk, 26, said: “We’ve only entered this competition three times and we’re getting closer.”