A SAUSAGE called Malvern Victorian has been declared the best in the West Midlands by legendary cricketing umpire Dickie Bird.

Chrys Titshall from Teme Vale Victuallers was crowned regional winner with his Landmark Banger as part of National Sausage Week.

Chrys, who was one of many outstanding entrants, won the regional heat with his sausage inspired by the traditional Victorian landscape and ingredients available for him his local area. He received £150 to donate to the British Sausage Week charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Dickie Bird MBE has led this year’s search for Britain’s Landmark Bangers. He has been travelling the country since Monday, November 3, tasting a plethora of regional ‘specialities’ and crowning the best in each region.

Commenting on Chrys’s winning sausage, Dickie Bird said: “The standard of entries has been so high this year that it was truly difficult to pick just one winner. Having said that, the winning sausage was absolutely delicious, and truly is a Landmark Banger for the West Midlands.”

Chyrs said: “I was really surprised and delighted to win. I never imagined I’d get this far when I submitted my entry a few weeks ago. It was great to meet Dickie and be a part of British Sausage Week 2008 – I’ve had a fantastic time.”

Organised by The British Sausage Appreciation Society, British Sausage Week celebrates the taste, quality and diversity of the sausage, of which there are some 400 individually named varieties in Britain alone.

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