The smell of sausages sizzling lingered in the air around Ellough this morning as producers battled it out for a much sought-after title.

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Eight meat counters at Beccles Farmers’ Market offered free samples to customers as they fought for their votes in the annual battle of the bangers contest.

The competition, which tied in with the start of British Sausage Week, gave customers at the market the chance to vote for their favourite, before a wooden trophy was handed out to the most popular.

Elizabeth Hall, who is the market co-organiser and Hundred River Beef stall holder, said it was an event that producers and customers both enjoyed.

She said: “I wanted to do something to tie in with bonfire weekend and it is nice to do something for our loyal customers, who are having a bit fun on a Saturday morning.”

The sausages battling to take the crown from Yew Tree Poultry’s reigning champion cheeky chicken were lamb and mint and traditional pork from Grangeworth, classic Lincolnshire from Samphire, traditional pork from Allards, wild venison from Bluebell Woods, beef and horseradish from Hundred River Beef, pork apple and apricot from Lane Farm, and Lamb, lemon, garlic and parsley from Barnards.

Karen Nethercott, of Samphire, which has free range pigs at Tibenham, near Diss, said it was a fantastic event for the market.

She said: “Customers love it. It is one of the busiest markets because of it, with kids come up wanting to try them.

“The only shame is that it is only once a year.”

The producer of the winning sausage was given a wooden trophy, while a prize draw was held to give one lucky customer a packet of the winning sausages.

Beccles Farmers’ Market was set up by Tony and Mary Hall 12 years ago.

It was initially held once a month, but has been on the first and third Saturday of the month indoors at Ellough Airfield for the past 10 years.

The market is Farma-certified with all stall holders working within a 50-mile radius and the majority of food locally produced and sourced.

None closer than the beef and ice cream on Hundred River Beef’s stall which comes from two fields in Hulver Street, just yards from the market.

Other stalls include pork, lamb, eggs, chillis, fruit and vegetables, flowers, pastries, preserves and cakes.

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