Mayor samples life on saveloy production line at Dicksons’ South Shields factory

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.
The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

THe Mayor of South Tyneside rolled up her sleeves and got to grips with making a local delicacy at one of the borough’s most famous businesses.

Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham donned her hairnet to call into the Dicksons’ factory based in Middlesfields, South Shields, which makes saveloys.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory. Michael Dickson, managing director of Dicksons

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory. Michael Dickson, managing director of Dicksons

The tour was to raise awareness of the firm’s position as one of the biggest employers in the borough.

As well as being shown around the premises, the Mayor, who was joined by Mayoress Stella Matthewson, had the chance to meet the staff who help produce one of the company’s most famous sausages – the saveloy.

Marketing director at Dicksons, Elena Dickson, said: “The visit offered the opportunity to showcase our busy production facility to the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside.

“Our retail and wholesale network relies on the dedicated team in our factory to produce the same high- quality Dicksons products day in and day out.

Our retail and wholesale network relies on the dedicated team in our factory to produce the same high- quality Dicksons products day in and day out

“The visit helps to highlight the hard-working staff who ensure customers throughout the region can enjoy their favourite steak pie or saveloy dip at their local Dicksons.”

She added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor and Mayoress for taking the time to visit our production facility and we look forward to welcoming them back in the future.”

The company which has a chain of retail shops, head office and production facility employs more than 240 staff.

It was started in 1953, by Irwin and Helen Dickson, as a stand-alone pork butcher with the opening of the first shop at The Nook in South Shields.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

Over the decades the company has expanded and is run by two of the couple’s three children – Michael and Christine Dickson – while Michael’s daughter Elena Dickson has taken on the role as marketing manager.

Last year, royalty also got in on the act of saveloy making.

Princes Anne was given a tour of the factory as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations and she even asked to take some of the delicacies home with her.

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The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (L) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (R) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.

The Mayor Fay Cunningham (R) and mayoress Stella Matthewson visit Dicksons factory.