Banger of an opening for Kurow bridge

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The opening of the second Kurow bridge will be celebrated in a unique way this Saturday with the creation of a special sausage.

Oamaru butcher Shane Buchan made the Twin Bridge Banger yesterday to be sold at the opening of second bridge being built over the Waitaki River by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).

Mr Buchan said they used a special recipe to capture the Kurow area in the red sausages.

“There will be two types of sausage to reflect that there are two bridges.”

The sausages included ingredients such as merino and venison meat farmed in the area.

It looked like a saveloy but the reason for a red skin is because many sports teams in Kurow wear red, he said.

The butcher said he felt humbled to be asked by NZTA to create the sausages which will be cooked on the day and sold as a fundraiser for Whalan Lodge, a community-owned rest home.

“We feel quite humbled to get to make them,” Mr Buchan said.

He tried the sausages, created with inspiration from one of his father’s recipes and the local community, for lunch yesterday, he said.

“They are very, very moreish.”

NZTA highway manager Colin Knaggs said a large crowd is expected at the opening and they will be able to purchase a sausage for $2.

Two new two-lane bridges have been built at a cost of $20.1 million to replace two ageing single-lane timber bridges which were opened in 1881.

The bridge will be opened by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean at 12.30pm on Saturday, June 7.

By RUBY HARFIELD