DALES Traditional Butchers Ltd of Kirkby Lonsdale has secured a slot on the shortlist of the 20th World Championship Scotch Pie Awards.

It follows a judging day in Dunfermline where a panel of more than 50 professional judges assessed each and every product on its appearance, quality, consistency and taste. More than 80 butchers and bakers entered close to 500 of their best products into 11 categories.

"The World Championship Scotch Pie Awards is the only competition of its kind recognising excellence in the preparation of a perfect pie" said Alasdair Smith, chief executive of Scottish Bakers. "The competition is now a regular fixture on the calendar as butchers and bakers throughout the land vie for pie supremacy and the boost to their business that always comes with such a sought after title."

The winner will be announced at a prestigious luncheon on January 15 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld.