Success for sausages

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Craft butchers throughout Scotland are hoping for a great barbecue summer after dozens of novel ideas were identified in a recent evaluation of Speciality Sausages and Speciality Burgers held at Perth College recently.

Local success came to H M Sheridan, of Ballater, who picked up a silver award for its pork, cheese and caramelised red onion sausage.

The event, organised by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders and sponsored by the Dalesman Group, attracted an entry of almost 250 products.

Judges were drawn from the meat industry and interested sausage and burger aficionados.

Model show

The second North East Model Farm & Construction show will be held from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, May 6, at the Aberdeen Hilton Treetops Hotel, on Springfield Road. The first show, which was held at Dyce, was the brainchild of Newmachar farmer and 1/32 scratch build modelmaker, Andy Ingram.

Andy had travelled to the larger model tractor shows in Spalding and Wincanton in England and thought it was time to start a model show in Aberdeen.

Andy’s dad Sandy suffered serious brain injuries in June 2010 and, sadly, never regained consciousness.

This made Andy even more determined to start up a show and try to raise some money for Aberdeen charities in memory of his dad.

Last year, donations were made to the Brain Injury Grampian Group and Friends of Anchor Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Last year, almost 1,000 adults and children attended the inaugural show. There were 80 tables for traders and exhibitors, but due to the success of the first show, a larger venue had to be found to accommodate additional traders and exhibitors wishing to attend.

To date, there are 140 tables booked with two model traders coming from the South of England.

In addition, there are exhibitors coming from Wick in the North and as far as Lockerbie in South and even a couple from Skipton in Yorkshire with a breathtaking farm building display.

Andy is being helped to organise this year’s show by his supportive wife Laurie and good friend Brian Gray, from Tarves, who also collects models and is a skilled model conversionist.

The nominated charities this year are the Brain Injury Grampian Group and British Heart Foundation Aberdeen.

The place to be is the Hilton Treetops Aberdeen to see a variety of traders selling model tractors, implements, lorries, construction plant including cranes and scenery and a wide selection of farming and lorry dioramas etc.