PRIMARY school children sat down to a bespoke lunch featuring a special flavour of sausages devised by one of the pupils themselves.

It was the reward for Dubmire Academy year two pupil Paige Simpson’s creation, Kicking Chicken, winning a regional schools’ sausage competition.

More than a hundred schools took part in the competition with a wide range of flavours submitted.

The judging panel was made up of Jamie Freeman, managing director of competition sponsor Freeman Catering Butchers, Kieran Burke, executive chef for Pub Culture, and the founder of the Northumbrian Sausage Company, Dr Claire Watson-Lacey.

They met to consider the taste, texture and cooking practicalities of each sausage, based on their professional knowledge.

Following much deliberation, Paige’s Kicking Chicken proved bang-on with their taste buds as a healthier alternative to traditional beef or pork varieties.

The six-year-old budding Master Chef said: “I really enjoyed thinking of a new sausage recipe and couldn’t wait to see all of the children in my school eating my new invention!”

Mr Freeman visited her Fencehouses primary to present Paige with her prize, which included a special pack of her winning recipe sausages, an award certificate and a cheque for the school, of £300.

Following the presentation, Paige and her classmates got to sample the award-winning sausage as part of their school dinner.