A SOUTH Tyneside family-run butchers got the royal seal of approval – and a request for some of its famous saveloys.
The Princess Royal paid a visit to Dicksons, in Tyne Dock, South Shields, to mark the company’s 60th anniversary.
Her Royal Highness was taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the site and even asked for some saveloys to take home.
Michael Dickson, the company’s managing director, said: “It’s been such an honour for us to have the Princess Royal with us, she was was very interested in finding out what the company does.
“In fact she even knew more than myself about pease pudding, she is very knowledgeable.
After being greeted by staff, the Princess took a tour around the factory and was particularly interested in North-East delicacies such as pease pudding and the Dicksons’ famous saveloy sausage – a derivative of the frankfurter from the founder’s native Germany.
Princess Anne told Mr Dickson that she has relatives living in the village of Langenburg, the very village where the company’s founder Helen Dickson hailed from in Germany.
So interested was she to learn more about the saveloys that she specifically requested to take a pack to take home as she believed her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, would be very interested to try them.
Mr Dickson added: “We had put together a little gift package for the Princess to take home, but on her way out she asked if she could have some saveloys, so of course we were more than happy to oblige.”
Before her departure, HRH was presented with a bouquet from the managing director’s three grandchildren, Ella, Anna and Sophia.
The Princess also met some of the winners of the recent design a pie competition – students from Harton Technology College, while outside scores of youngsters from St Peter’s and St Paul’s RC Primary School, in Tyne Dock, waved her off.