Mayor to dress as giant sausage to greet Olympic Torch
A SAUSAGE "role" is in store for Louth's Mayor when she greets the Olympic Torch.
Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders has secured a sausage costume to wear when the relay arrives in Louth on Wednesday.
Spurred on by East Lindsey District Council's challenge to get maximum publicity for the area's many charms during the Torch relay, the idea started sizzling to coincide the event with promoting the campaign for the Lincolnshire sausage.
But, it is claimed that the move has prompted criticism from some town residents, one of whom branded it as an "affront to the dignity" of Louth.
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It is understood that the Mayor and town councillors have received letters requesting for the "embarrassing" project to be abandoned.
Councillor Makinson-Sanders said: "We have the opportunity to tell the world that we have brilliant multi-award winning independent butchers in our ancient market town and that Lincolnshire sausages are very, very special.
"It took me quite a long time to track down a costume but I happily managed it eventually. I just hope it won't be too hot that morning!
She is obtaining the costume from the British Sausage Appreciation Society.
The idea is that it will also help promote Louth's five award-winning butchers who are all putting on sausage tasting events for customers as well as special offers.
Jim Sutcliffe, of Meridian Meats, who is a member of the Lincolnshire Sausage Society, said: "What the mayor is doing to help promote the Lincolnshire Sausage is just fabulous. The Olympic Torch relay is a big media event so the more publicity we can give to the Lincolnshire sausage the better."
But Louth resident Kate Levey contacted the Grimsby Telegraph to say: "We in Louth have been told our mayor is to dress in a sausage costume
for the arrival of the Torch into the town. How embarrassing! Although this stunt is supposedly to promote Lincolnshire sausages, I find it an insult to the Olympic ideal, and an affront to the dignity of the whole town, to which ridicule will attach."
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