A MAGICAL partnership unveiled an award-winning banger – and new farm shop.
TV legends Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee stopped off in the Colne Valley yesterday to crown Yorkshire and Humberside’s best sausage maker.
The duo have been on a nationwide quest to find Britain’s best bangers as part of British Sausage Week.
Champion butcher Simon Haigh, who recently beat 240 other butchers to the ‘Banger of the Year’ title, was handed the regional prize for the most magical banger – a humble pork sausage.
Mr Haigh was joined by his business partners, Andrew Whitwam and Luke Haigh, at their soon-to-be launched Bolster Moor Farm Shop above Golcar.
Paul, 71, whose BBC magic show ran from 1979 to 1994, said he’d already been sampling tasty sausages all week and had particularly enjoyed a pork and marmalade one.
“I’m a big big fan of organic meat,’’ he said. “We’ve been all over the country to Southampton, Bristol, Nottingham.
“Tomorrow, it’s to Newcastle and then I’m going to bed.”
But fans of the diminutive magician – who once owned Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough – will be disappointed to hear that his TV career is over.
He added: “TV is all rubbish these days. I can’t watch it anymore and see all these talentless people being exploited.”
But wife Debbie, 51, who has appeared on celebrity X Factor and Wife Swap with her husband, said she would continue her TV work and was appearing on BBC1 game show Hole In The Wall tomorrow.
Mr Haigh, whose sausages have won a host of awards over the years, said the secret of his success was combining quality ingredients with years of experience.
He said: “It’s fantastic to win and see that what we do is recognised as something good.
“Where a lot of people fail in my opinion is that they will do something special for the competition but they won’t carry it through to their business.
“We do ours for our business and believe me, it does work.
“We’re making about a tonne of sausages a week and we use the same ingredients week-in week-out as our customers are our real judges.
“We want to be better quality than the supermarkets – it’s the only way we will survive.”
Mr Haigh said the new farm shop on Bolster Moor Road would open soon.