AN MP’s assault on Sheffield’s Henderson’s Relish sparked a furious avalanche across the internet last night.
MP Jim Dowd suggested the Steel City’s favourite sauce was a ‘copy’ of Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce - concluding with: ‘...it’s called Henderson’s...whoever they are’!
Star Editor James Mitchinson took to Twitter, asking for Sheffielders’ to stand up for ‘Hendos’. He Tweeted: “Sheffielders, I need your help. Henderson’s Relish has been slagged off by, yes, you guessed it - an MP!”
Within minutes #Hendos was trending on the social network with scores of Hendos fanatics leaping to the defence of the city’s 100-year-old institution.
Overnight The Star’s Henderson’s article moved to the top slot on our website, as comments poured in.
Hannah Charlo tweeted: “Oh Jim Dowd, you’ve picked the wrong city and the wrong sauce to mess with! #Hendos #spicysaucegate”
Former Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd also took to the site to support the sauce, writing ‘Henderson’s is the only one in my kitchen’.
Artist Pete McKee branded his statement ‘outrageous’ and demanded he say sorry to the people of Sheffield.
Even Mr Dowd’s Labour colleagues spoke out against his comments.
Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith said: “It’s Hendo’s every time for me; Lea & Perrin’s comes nowhere near it!”
Now locals are calling on Mr Dowd to apologise.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?