Virgin Mary visits Walsall

A Walsall firm, Black Country Snacks, produced the finger licking scratching which a snack addict claims looks like a Madonna and a Child.Midland pub-goer Aaron Dodgson was dumbstruck when he saw the "miracle" image in his pack of Q Pork Cracklings, produced by Black Country Snacks. Now the God-fearing man is planning to keep the religious relic in a glass case - prompting jokes and merriment at the Charles Street packing plant in Walsall.

Black Country Snacks owner, Phil Rolls, who is also a Director of Ace Pub Supplie which cooks the popular pig product, said: "When Aaron rang us about it, I thought it was a big joke."

"I can't believe people have taken it so seriously, " said Phil, who runs the company with wife Linda. "It is just amazing that one of our scratchings has become so famous." Aaron, of Earlsdon, Coventry, is planning a round of TV appearances with the religious rind - including Channel Four's Big Breakfast.


London 2012 Olympics

“Walsall Pork Scratching Manufacturer to make an appearance in the Olympics”

Black Country Scratchings have been commissioned to supply the London 2012 Olympic Games with their high quality pork snack. Judged as the best around, the firm’s scratchings will be for sale inside the Olympic Village as part of a drive to introduce the world to the Best produce the UK has to offer.

The Traditional Snack will be made available across various food outlets within the village to give visitors from around the World a taste of the Black Country and show the reason why a local delicacy has now become a nationwide favourite.

Capital Radio

“Hairy Scratchings are the Topic of the Day”

Black Country Scratchings owner Philip Rolls talks to Dan and Katie from Capital on the history of Pork Scratchings and the Hairs that used to be commonly found in a bag of Black Countries favourite snack.