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  AS A YOUNG lad David McDonald was only too happy to help out in his dad’s butchers shop in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne every Saturday, making the sausages following the family recipe used by his granddad.
At one point the McDonald family were running seven butchers, but local butchers’ shops were on the decline so David eventually opted for a job working in a gym and his dad gave up the business.
Then, about five years ago, he decided to approach a butcher and ask if he could make a small number of sausages to sell on Newcastle’s famous Quayside Market.
The rest, as they say, is history.
“I sold out on my first Sunday on Quayside market and after other successful days on local markets I realised I had an opportunity to launch a good business,” David said.
David left his job in the gym and Geordie Bangers was born.
“I started standing four or five markets including Morpeth, Quayside, Tynemouth and Hexham.”
As the customers built up, he found a unit in South Shields where he now makes his sausages, still using the simple family recipes.
David employs 12 people to make and sell Geordie bangers at markets up and down the North East and North Yorkshire, as was well as selling at three shops including one in Newcastle’s Grainger Market.
“I started selling hot sausages from the market stalls a couple of years ago and that has really boosted the business,” said David, who has also developed an online sales service.
His Geordie Bangers went down a storm at the North East Regional Final of the NMTF’s Young Traders event and at the final held at Stratford-upon-Avon he won the people’s vote for the most popular stall.
“I can’t believe how well the business has gone and we are really looking forward to expanding,” he added.
Pictured right, David McDonald

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