Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Turkey winner only entered contest on whim

Turkey winner only entered contest on whim

THE winner of this year’s Henley Standard Christmas turkey competition says she only entered on a whim.

Julie O’Connor, of Drays Lane, Rotherfield Peppard, was one of dozens of people to enter the competition to win the £75 bird from Gabriel Machin butchers in Market Place, Henley.

She answered correctly that Christmas turkey is traditionally served with “all the trimmings” and her name was drawn out of a hat.

Mrs O’Connor said: “I entered the competition really just on a whim so it was lovely to hear that I’d won — it was smashing. I buy the Standard each week and thought it would be a bit of fun to enter without thinking I’d win.

“I’ve bought a few things from the butchers before but never a big turkey so this is lovely.”

Mrs O’Connor will feast on the 10lb bird on Christmas Day with her partner Vince Jay, with whom she runs a tool hire business near Heathrow airport, his sister Denise Jay, mother-in-law Joan Jay, daughter Sophie O’Connor and her partner Ben Woodgate.

They will be at Mr Jay’s mother’s house in Eastcote, Middlesex. Mrs O’Connor said: “I imagine the turkey will be coming with us on the passenger seat — I’ll make sure I put a seatbelt around it!

“With the hours that we work we usually fall to a frozen bird so to have a fresh one from a local business will be very enjoyable. Last year we had roast beef so it’ll be a nice change and it’s traditional, isn’t it?”

The turkey was supplied by Starveall Farm in Aylesbury.

Don’t miss your chance to win a Tesco Christmas hamper in next week’s Henley Standard.

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