A NEW record has been set at this year’s Harwich Sausage Festival.

The annual event sees Tendring sausage producers and professional butchers enter their best bangers into a blind taste test.

The public then try out the sausages at three pubs in the town, the Hanover Inn, New Bell Inn and Alma Inn where they cast their votes.
This year’s winner was Primrose Pork’s pork and cranberry - a wildcard entry chosen by the organisers.

But the festival spectacle is the sausage throwing between St Nicholas Church and the Hanover Pub, overseen by sausage marshals and a cricket umpire.

Harwich Camra stalwart, Richard Oxborrow, who originally came up with the idea of the festival, said: “It went really well, despite the inclement weather.

We did get a bit wet and their were some soggy sausages.
“But what surprised me was how well the crowd held up and the result was worth waiting for.

“Todd Rothwell, throwing for the Alma Inn for the first time this year, is the new champion thrower with a throw of 157ft. We also had Punch and Judy for the first time this year and some sausage dog balloon modelling.”

Another record of 119 votes were cast at the event on Saturday.
The winning sausage of the festival, is in its seventh year, will go through to the Champion of Champions Sausage Competition in London.