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Sausages: Why they were once illegal and other meaty facts

  • Sausages have the nickname 'bangers', this name was given to them during World War II. Because there was a shortage of food, sausages had more water in them. When they were being cooked the water turned to steam and caused the sausages to explode.
  • Sausages were first made 5,000 years ago.
  • The most expensive sausage ever made was unveiled in London this year where a plate of sausage and mash with fine ingredients will set you back £75.
  • The longest sausage in the world measured more than half a kilometre long, it was made in Italy in 2011 and weighed more than half a tonne.
  • There are more than 470 sausage recipes and flavours in the UK.
  • Sausages were banned by the Romans because they had a connection with pagan festivals.
  • There is a restaurant in Germany where they serve sausage covered in gold as the owner believes the metal is good for your digestion.

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Children in Telford have a go at sausage making

School children in Telford having a go at making sausages Credit: ITV Central

School children in Telford have been having a go at making sausages as part of British Sausage week.

Telford and Wrekin Council aim to serve up to 25,000 bangers to pupils across the area as part of the week long celebrations.

It includes the launch of the 'Wrekin Banger' which is a special blend of pork, apple and sage.

Comedian Al Murray aims to find Birmingham's Best Banger

Al Murray posing at the Q Awards Credit: PA

British Sausage Week 2012 arrives in Birmingham later today and comedian and stand-up star Al Murray 'The Pub Landlord' will be putting eight local butchers through their paces to find the region's best banger.

He'll be judging a cook-off alongside the British Sausage Appreciation Society at the Pub du Vin in the city centre this afternoon.

The eight butchers from the West Midlands have been shortlisted from hundreds of entrants, and will each battle it out this afternoon to win prestigious British Banger Award.