Devon food group ‘Taste of the Waste’ has commended the town of Sidmouth, after it emerged that the fats in a congealed fatberg about the length of 200 mobility scooters found in its sewerage system were of higher than average quality, containing mostly virgin rape-seed oils and goose fat sourced from local farms. The remainder comes from Morris dancers sweating buckets all over their promenade every year during the Sidmouth Folk Festival.
However, South West Water, has advised: ‘Sidmouth’s sewage system cannot cope with a solidified mass of fat clogging up the drains. The system dates back to Victorian times, as indeed do most of the residents. We are now using specialist jetting equipment and good old-fashioned elbow grease to clean up the system. It will take eight weeks, which is about as long as it takes to clear the Morris dancers off the promenade.’