Upper crust pork pie victory by Haighs Shop

PIE HIGH: Janet Sheard, a fieldsperson for Craven Cattle Marts, presents the pork pie trophy to George Haigh of Haighs Farm Shop.

PIE HIGH: Janet Sheard, a fieldsperson for Craven Cattle Marts, presents the pork pie trophy to George Haigh of Haighs Farm Shop.

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Haighs Farm Shop was crowned supreme champions at the ninth annual Great Northern Pork Pie Competition.

The family-run shop in Mirfield is a regular prize winner in this fixture, which runs alongside the 2016 Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.

Reserve champion was Hamlet’s Family Butcher, of Garstang, Preston, winner of the traditional pork pie competition and the top Lancashire pie.

Owner Tim Hamlet was also buying livestock at the auction the same day, taking home the supreme champion lambs.

The Speciality Pie category was won by D&A Gregory and Sons Butchers in Bacup, which also finished runner-up in the Traditional Stand pie.

The best sausage roll came from Robinsons Farm Shop in Score Hill, Halifax, and best pair of scotch eggs from John Whiteside, of Whitesides Butchers in Colne, which also finished third in the traditional pork pie category.

Keith Dyson Butchers, in Almondbury, was runner-up in the traditional pork pie class.

George Haigh, one of the owners of the shop, which now employs 50 people and was also runner-up with its sausage rolls, said: “We’re very pleased.

“The winning pie was one of our stand pork pies, made with Yorkshire pork. It’s home-made on the premises, and the same as the ones we sell in store. We always use good quality ingredients – it’s important to use the very best pork.”

The pork pies, fruit cakes, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and fodder, all donated by the participants, plus generous donations by others were auctioned for charity.

The charities were Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope and The Addington Fund, a registered farming charity.