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Mayor greets Olympic torch in sausage suit

June 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

LOUTH, England, June 29 (UPI) -- A British mayor showed up to greet the Olympic torch while dressed as a sausage to support a campaign to get protected status for Lincolnshire sausages.

Mayor Jill Makinson-Sanders of Louth, England, greeted the torch in her town Wednesday while dressed as a Lincolnshire sausage to show her support for the European Union granting status to the food that would protect manufacturers from outside imitators, This Is Grimsby reported Friday.

"I'm here as a member of the community -- not the mayor," Makinson-Sanders said. "Today is Louth Sausage Day. Louth welcomes the Olympic Torch and is proud to announce that the day will also be a celebration of sausages. There are free samples and sausage deals from all of the Louth butchers. I'm here support the Lincolnshire sausage and be part of this amazing day. So far the response has been very welcoming."

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