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Ipswich: Free hot dog giveaway sparks massive queues in town centre as The Hot Sausage Company marks 25-year anniversary

15:36 21 May 2014

The Hot Sausage Comlany in Ipswich is celebrating its 25th year of trading.
 Father and son duo Josh and Andrew Bavington-Barber.

The Hot Sausage Comlany in Ipswich is celebrating its 25th year of trading. Father and son duo Josh and Andrew Bavington-Barber.

Sarah Lucy brown

Hundreds of people flocked to Ipswich town centre to get their hands on a free hot dog as The Hot Sausage Company celebrated its 25th anniversary today.

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Huge crowds gathered for free hot dogs as The Hot Sausage Company celebrated its 25th anniversary.Huge crowds gathered for free hot dogs as The Hot Sausage Company celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Queues reportedly stretched back beyond Debenhams from the stall in Tavern Street as news soon spread of the free giveaway.

Andrew Bavington-Barber, director of The Hot Sausage Company, said around 1,000 hot dogs were given away before they ran out at 2.45pm.

“It has been a successful day,” he said.

“People walking past thought there would be a catch but there isn’t! Everyone seemed really pleased.”

He admitted when he set up the company in 1989 that he could not envisage reaching the 25-year milestone.

“I think we will still be here in another 25 years – but I might be the little old man who comes in on a Saturday!”

Ryan Sheppard, 21, of Ipswich, was one of the hundreds who queued up for a free hot dog.

“Everyone in Ipswich knows about The Hot Sausage Company. They make great hot dogs. I don’t know what they do to make them better than any other hot dog I’ve ever tasted,” he said.

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6 comments

  • This is a fantastic way to celebrate success. Giving away what had earnt them an honest living with no strings attached. A moment to proud of traditional business.

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    Chris Annone

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Well done on 25 years. One tip, be careful on your prices, they are getting a bit too expensive. Don't want you not to make it to 30 years.

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    Ipswich Man

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • That reminds me - we haven't had an update on Paul Mason recently? And as for Ryan "I don’t know what they do to make them better than any other hot dog I’ve ever tasted" Sheppard, he's young, he will learn....

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    Citizen

    Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • Lee Davies - that was a very cheap (and unprovoked) swipe. Especially considering that many "non-tourist visitors" can probably write better English than you.

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    blue&white

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • Very kind and genourous. The non tourist visitors must of been so happy to have free food again. This time it was paid for by these gents and not us.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

  • "Free hot dogs" and then "1,000 hot dogs sold". Did you have to be the lucky one to get one free or a case of BOGOF ?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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