An award-winning Battle of Britain banger is set to bring a welcome boost to the charity’s funds.
Master butcher Andrew Rook from Ramsgate created the Battle of Britain Memorial Sausage using Shepherd Neame’s Spitfire Ale and Kentish hops – and it turned out to be a sizzling success with this year’s UK Sausage Week judges.
The recipe, inspired by the sight of a Spitfire over the White Cliffs and by memories of his father and sister, won the UK Supreme Champion Sausage category.
Now Andrew, who heads up J C Rook & Sons, an independent chain of butchers with 11 shops across Kent, has promised to donate 50p to the Trust for every one pound of top flight bangers sold.
He explained: “I plucked my inspiration, quite literally, from the air while walking on the White Cliffs near Dover. A Spitfire, with that unmistakable noise, flew past and reminded me of the last family day out I had enjoyed with my parents and sister when we watched my dad Peter fly in a two-seater Spitfire from Duxford for his 65th birthday.
“Sadly, a year later my sister Helen succumbed to cancer. As part of our family recovery we planted an oak tree as a Memorial to her. After seeing the Spitfire on my walk, my thoughts turned to the Battle of Britain Memorial just along the coast at Capel-le-Ferne and how important it was to so many people.
“Winning the award was a great feeling, but it’s even more important to us that it is to be sold with 50p from every pound going to the Memorial. It gives us all at J C Rook & Sons a real feel good factor on top of the joy of success.”