TWO local butchers have won prizes for their traditional and speciality sausages at the Hampshire Fare sausage and pie competition.

Robert Mussell, of Woods Butchers in Camp Road, Farnborough, won the silver prize for his traditional pork sausages and lamb and mint variety.

Mr Mussell, who makes around a dozen types of sausage, was delighted with his winning entries.

“I’m really pleased,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve entered the competition for our sausages. All butchers have their own way of making sausages and our lamb and mint ones have proved to be very popular — we sell hundreds of them.

“Customers have come from miles to buy this variety and they persuaded us to enter the competition, so we’re really pleased that we did.”

Mr Mussell also makes a South African variety of sausage that he says is extremely popular with his South Africa born customers, and he intends to enter this in next year’s competition.

The second butcher to win a silver prize is John Bethney, of Bethney’s Butchers in Queens Road, Farnborough.

Mr Bethney has been entering sausage competitions for 15 years, although this is the first time that he has entered the Hampshire Fare competition.

“I’m very pleased,” he said. “I’m glad that we both got silver. I won the prize for my pork and stilton sausages and traditional pork sausages.

“I probably make about 15 varieties, although not all at the same time.”