Bill’s pigs bring home the bacon for Alan’s ‘Athlon’

Big Bill’s Pig Club held its latest ‘Sausage and Mash Bash’ in the magnificent venue of Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, Garstang when almost 100 Masons, family and friends again gathered to support the charitable endeavours of the ‘Sausage Club’.

William Richmond (right) congratulates Alan on his Dryathlon success.

William Richmond (right) congratulates Alan on his Dryathlon success.

The main highlight of the evening was the presentation of a cheque for £1,000 by ‘Grand Master of the Sausage’ William Richmond to Alan Ormiston of Garstang Lodge No 6633. Alan successfully took on the challenge of Dryathlon and ditched the drink for the month of January to raise funds for the life-saving work of Cancer Research UK.

For those who may still be unfamiliar with ‘Big Bill’s Sausage Club’ it was started a few years ago by William Richmond of Pilling Lodge No 7879 and has proved to be a most inspired initiative to raise funds for local charities and good causes.

Above: Joyce Gardner (left) and Freda Parker giving a demonstration 'disco' routine!

Above: Joyce Gardner (left) and Freda Parker giving a demonstration ‘disco’ routine!

In his quest for the ultimate specimen of the great British snorker William collaborated with Robinson’s of Chipping to produce the ‘whole of pig sausage’ which is eagerly and regularly sought by those who have joined the ‘Pig Club’.

However, never one to miss an opportunity to raise money for charity, William canvassed the club members to ask if they would be willing to increase the price they pay for the sausages by a small amount thereby levying what has become known as William’s ‘Sausage Tax’ the whole of which would be donated to charity. All the members readily agreed and the result has produced truly phenomenal results with a total thus far donated through the ‘Pig Club’ to local charities and good causes being in excess of £15,000. The sausage tax alone accounts for almost £5,000 of this incredible total with the remainder coming from successful social events such as the very popular ‘Sausage and Mash Bashes’.

Right: A proud and delighted Alan Ormiston with his wife Hilary.

Right: A proud and delighted Alan Ormiston with his wife Hilary.

The sausage statistics themselves are nothing short of amazing with the total weight of sausages consumed by members of the Pig Club to date exceeding some 6.3 tons!

Following the ‘sausage and mash banquet’ at which second helpings of the great delicacy were eagerly sought, any excess pounds of weight put on by the diners were danced away for the remainder of the evening.