West Lothian butcher served up golden award for their haggis offering

A haggis from West Lothian has scooped a top gong at this year's Golden Haggis Awards.

Boghall Butchers in Bathgate won the coveted People's Choice award at the event at Oban's Winter Festival.

Haggis hunters from around the world gathered at Oban Distillery to taste and judge first-hand entries to the public vote.

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Boghall Butchers beat competition from Crombie's in Edinburgh and Anderson Quality Butchers in North Berwick to claim the prize.

Paul Boyle holds the People's Choice Trophy aloft for haggis triumph.
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Oban chef Campbell Cameron, who was involved in the judging, said: "Like whisky there is no such thing as a bad haggis, there are good haggis and there are better haggis.

"Every one of the manufacturers of the haggis that we have seen here can take pride."

Customers week after week

Boghall Butchers' Paul Boyle celebrated the resounding victory for his team's chieftain of the pudding race.

"It is something that we have been improving over the last few years to try and win," he said. "We never seem to have got there but we are delighted to have won the award and I'm sure that it will be a great boost to sales.

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"The best judges are those who come in and buy our products daily in your shop.

"The judges in product competition only taste it once but the most important people are the customers who return week after week."