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RAF100 Sausages from Local Butcher!

Published: 19 Apr 2018   updated: 23 Apr 2018


Local butcher, Andrew Butler is celebrating the Royal Air Force's 100th birthday by making a special batch of sausages that are flavoured with Spitfire ale.

Eager to show his appreciation of the RAF, Andrew will be selling the sausages at Fairford Cricket Club during Fairford Festival on May 31 - June 3.

"When I found out that this year's festival theme was 'The Best of British', I instantly thought of the RAF and British beef!

"The air force's Centenary seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine British heritage and the country's love of beef and beer in celebration of the RAF's continuous hard work."

The celebratory sausages will be made from 100% British beef and will be flavoured with Spitfire Ale, in commemoration of both Fairford Festival and the RAF's history and achievements across the past 100 years.

The ale, known as "the bottle of Britain", was first brewed in 1990, in celebration of the 50thanniversary of the Battle of Britain. The ale is named in honour of the Spitfire aeroplane whose versatility along with the courage of its pilots was essential to victory.

The sausages are being made this month, giving them time to mature before the festival, and will be available to purchase from the festival BBQ. The sausages can also be bought before and after the festival from Andrew's butchers on Fairford high street for £11 per kg or £4.99 per pound.

Ali Bray, a member of the Air Tattoo's hospitality team, was invited by Andrew to taste-test the sausages.

Ali said: "Not only do the RAF100 sausages taste great; they link the Royal Air Force with the local community encapsulating the very best of British."   

On the April 1, the RAF celebrated its 100thbirthday - throughout the country, the Centenary has been marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of November 2018. 

Key events include the Royal International Air Tattoo, which has been selected by the RAF to stage the international celebration of its Centenary. The event will bring together aircraft from around the world for a global salute to the RAF.

 "I am usually working during The Air Tattoo as it is our busiest time of year other than Christmas, but this year I knew that I couldn't miss out!"

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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