Bbc Radio One Revive Faggot Family

Thursday, 13 August 2009

In 2003, the Doody family from Coseley, near Dudley were catapulted into the limelight, winning a national competition to become The Faggot Family. Fighting off stiff competition, they were chosen as the best candidates to spearhead a campaign to bring back the forgotten British delicacy.

A media circus ensued and the family were soon being followed by a camera crew, with footage making up the BBC 2 documentary Trouble at the Top. An appearance on The Graham Norton Show followed along with numerous radio interviews, newspaper articles and slots on the BBC West Midlands news and Midlands Today.  

Last week the Doody's celebrity status was revived thanks to the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. Popular presenter Scott Mills - standing in for the usual, controversial host Chris Moyles - discussed his forthcoming comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Scott Mills The Musical. It was revealed that the lead role, Joe Taylor, was once a serious contender in the national Mr Brain's faggot family competition.

The faggot-loving Taylor family were whittled down to the final five which sparked intrigue with the breakfast show team, inspiring them to track down the winning               Doody's via Facebook and invite them into the studio for a live chat. A podcast and images of the Doody's on the Scott Mills Show are available at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1

With 11.3 million listeners daily, Radio 1 has thrown the Doody's back into the limelight once more. While still firm fans of the meatballs, in the time that has lapsed since winning the competition, normality has resumed for the first family of faggots. Mum Janet and Dad Fred now run a local shop in Dudley, selling CDs and DVDs while the kids have grown into young adults, with son Lewis, 19, training to become a police officer and 14 year old Grace a sports fanatic.

Janet says: "We're living a wholesome life just like we were before the competition. In fact, I think that's why we won as we're really just a normal family with a soft spot for faggots! It was a surprise though as we never usually win anything!"

During their reign as faggot family, the Doody's travelled all over the UK to launch National Faggot Week and made regular appearances at supermarkets, giving out samples to eager shoppers.

The Doody's maintain that being crowned the faggot family was a positive experience and one they are proud of. Mrs Doody continues: "It brought us closer as we spent lots of time together as a family, enjoying extraordinary situations. It's certainly one to tell the grandkids!"

The family still enjoy eating Mr Brain's faggots every week. Mr Doody, father of the faggot clan says: "We saw the advert for the search to find the UK's faggot family in the local paper and thought it sounded fun so we applied. Faggots for tea are still one of the highlights of my week!"

"I don't think we'll ever stop eating them, they're just so tasty and extremely good value. In fact, they are the prefect recession food so I'd image they sales will boost at times like these."

While faggots are available nationwide, the heartland area is the West Country and Wales, and 36% of all sales come from the Black Country alone.  

 

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Notes for editors:

  • To see and hear the Doody's on Radio 1, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/scottmills/galleries/147/76/
  • Mr Brain's Faggots are delicious pork meatballs that come with their own tasty gravy
  • Mr Brain's Faggots are packed full of iron and best served with peas and mashed potato
  • Mr Brain's have been making their faggots for over 80 years
  • Mr Brain's Faggots are available from all major supermarkets nationwide, priced from 95p.

 

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