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Flintshire butchers slaughter the opposition at North Wales awards

A HAT-TRICK of Flintshire butchers had their commitment to quality recognised at a regional awards night.

Three family firms impressed judges and walked away with a hatful of gongs at the North Wales Awards for Excellence in Meat Products at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

More than 220 butchers from across North Wales entered the awards, with the trio flying the flag for Flintshire leading the way.

Clive Swann, of Swann’s Farm Shop in Treuddyn, said: “It was an excellent night, we had a cracking run. We got two gold awards for our home-cured bacon and for our minced steak and onion pie.”

Swann’s also got nine silver awards for their popular meat pasties, sausage rolls, chicken and mushroom pies, traditional pork pies, pork and apple sausages and Moroccan spicy lamb sausages.

And in the under-25s category, Clive’s apprentice 20-year-old Ben Watkiss, from Llanfynydd, won bronze awards for his Welsh dragon sausages and cranberry, Stilton and sage sausages.

Gold awards were given out for commended runners-up scoring 95 out of 100 in a category. Vaughan Family Butchers in Penyffordd, near Mold, won six.

FR Kennedy and Son in Holywell, were named overall winners in three categories including best speciality, for its pork and apricot sausage, and the best burger category.

Kennedy’s recently won high praise from John Prescott when the former deputy Prime Minister visited Flintshire.

And expert judges agreed with Mr Prescott’s assessment of the ‘cracking’ quality on offer, awarding the shop nine gold awards.

Owner, Michael Kennedy, said he was on ‘cloud nine’ after the awards night, which followed his recent success at the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders awards at Birmingham’s NEC.

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