A South Normanton butcher has won gold and silver for his sausages at the British Sausage Week awards.
A E Bacon & Son, which has now been trading in the town for 140 years, won gold for innovation with its pork and chilli variety and silver for its traditional thick sausage.
Owner Derek Bacon said the invitation to submit a sample from recipes website Love Pork could not have been better timed and had given the business a real lift.
He said: “It was my brother Stephen’s shop, but he died two years ago so my sister-in-law ran it for a bit but she could not cope and did not want it to fold.
“We decided to enter the competition to give the business a boost and build it up again then basically forgot about it, so when we got a letter saying we had won a couple of weeks ago we were absolutely buzzing.
“Now we have the certificates in the shop there has been a real interest - we have people coming in for the award-winning sausages.”
And though Derek and his butcher are no doubt proud of their famous bangers, a retailer does not survive for more than a century by giving away its secrets.
However, Derek did disclose that the gold award recipe was the brainchild of his butcher and involved mincing a small amount of chilli and the snags contained at least 50 per cent of locally-sourced meat.
“We are getting some good feedback because everything we sell is high-quality,” said Derek.
“When my brother died I think people just assumed it was all over.
“But people are coming back now they realise that the shop is still in the family - we are picking up new customers all the time.
“The shop has survived a massive fire in 1963 and two world wars - no matter what happens it always seems to get back on its feet.”