Mayor of Louth who greeted Olympic Torch in 'penis' costume will open Lincolnshire Sausage Festival
The Mayor of Louth who greeted the Olympic Torch in a sausage costume that 'looked like a penis' will open this year's Lincolnshire Sausage Festival.
Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders, 61, wore an 8ft tall pink costume to promote the Lincolnshire sausage on a national stage during the Olympic Torch relay in June.
She is now set to appear as the 'Sausage Lady of Louth' at the BIG Tastes of Lincolnshire Sausage Festival at Lincoln Castle on October 27.
Unfortunately she hasn't been able to secure the costume for the event due to short notice but there will be an alternative sausage costume available on the day for her to wear.
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Mark Brewer, organiser of the sausage festival said: "Luckily we hire our 'Mr Sausage' costume from the British Pork Executive, which myself and other members of the Lincoln Colonia Rotary club take turns in throughout the day.
"Of course Mrs Makinson-Sanders will be welcome to get into it if she wants to."
The costume that many people said looked like a penis, made a national impact, featuring on television show 'Have I Got News for You' and comedian Dara O'Briain said it was his favourite news story of the year.
Councillor Makinson-Sanders said: "Had I not been a Mayor, nobody would have been bothered but I've had a column in Private Eye and the news has spread all over the world, even into China.
"I will appear at the festival as the 'Sausage Lady of Louth' as I think it is wonderful that we are showcasing the amazing foods we have in Lincolnshire, we are second to none and we should blow our own trumpet more often."
Yesterday, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs rejected an appeal to grant protective geographical indication status for the Lincolnshire sausage.
Mrs Makinson-Sanders said: "I didn't dress up for the Torch Relay to be offensive, I just wanted to stick up for the Lincolnshire sausage and I wish the publicity had worked where we needed it to.
"We will battle on though, and if I had to dress up as a sausage again to get people to take notice I would."
Mark Brewer said: "Hopefully the number of people at the Lincolnshire Sausage Festival in the years gone by and in the future should give some strength to the battle for PGI status."
The Lincolnshire Sausage Festival is now in its 10th year and attracted 11,000 people in 2011.
Free to attend, the event showcases local butchers in the Castle Grounds and the Bailgate, with Lincoln Cathedral now involved for the first time.