Slim 30-year-old wins Wayne Walker's sausage-eating competition
BECOMING Bolton’s fastest sausage eater was a title set by Matty Schofield which nobody else could top.
The competition was held to mark the launch of Wayne Walker Quality Meats’ town centre store.
Despite looking like a underdog in comparison to some of the town’s burly meat eaters, slim 30-year-old Mr Schofield, from Breightmet, managed to polish off four bangers within the one-minute time limit.
Each entrant was cheered on by Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk, and former cobbles star Steve Arnold, who played Ashley.
The competition was held in a mobile unit outside the Bradshawgate store on Saturday. The incentive to get his mother-in-law Sam Porter back for entering him into the contest gave Mr Schofield the drive to win.
He said: “I really wanted to win as she wanted to make a fool of me.
“Eating the sausages hurt a lot, with the swallowing, but I do have a big appetite. With my winnings I will have steak for tea.”
Mr Schofield, a father to sons Derek, aged three, and Brandon, aged one, joked he would not be sharing the prize with Ms Porter, who put him forward.
Actor Steve, who used to play a butcher in Coronation Street, gave competitors some words of advice before the event.
He said: “When I was in Coronation Street we usually used plastic meat so make sure you use real meat for this.
“I think the best way to win is if you eat half a sausage, chew it, get it down.”
Wayne Walker, manager of the business, added: “We chose to open a Bolton store because we started off in Farnworth Market 20 years ago in 1993.
“We are still at Farnworth Market, but it’s been great to see a lot of the old customers coming into the shop.
“The people of Bolton are lovely and I have a lot of time for them.”
Mr Walker, who runs the business with his wife Rachael, has another store in Stoke and runs 15 market stalls across the country.
Fairground rides and food stalls were also held outside the store to celebrate its launch.
‘I’d bitten off more than I could chew...’
BEING the only woman entrant in the contest I was hoping to “do it for the girls”, shatter Mr Schofield’s impressive total and secure the meat hamper prize for my heat.
I knew it would be a tough feat to triumph above some of the men I was going head-to-head with.
Some entrants appeared to have their own fan club in the crowd cheering them on, and a couple of competitors removed layers of clothes to get them geared up for the event.
For me, preparation involved leaving my handbag and coat under the watchful eyes of the celebrity actors and hoping I did not lose my pride by accepting the challenge.
Sadly after being “too ladylike” in my approach to the competition, I only managed to eat two sausages before the cut-off point.
Thankfully Tower FM’s Jon Holling, who helped to organise and judged the competition, took sympathy and rounded up my score, realising I had quite literally bitten off more than I could chew.
Unfortunately, last place was the best I could do.
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