See also: Turkey; Thanksgiving; etc.
Turkeys are believed to have first been brought to Britain in 1526 by Yorkshireman William Strickland - he acquired six birds from American Indian traders on his travels and sold them for tuppence each in Bristol.
Henry VIII was the first English king to enjoy turkey, although Edward VII made eating turkey fashionable at Christmas.
The majority of families (90%) around the UK consider turkey a Christmas tradition. According to the British Turkey Information Service, UK residents consumed 10 million turkeys in 2000 for Christmas.
The Guinness Book of Records state's that the greatest dressed weight recorded for a turkey is 39.09kg (86lbs), at the last annual "heaviest turkey" competition held in London, on December 12, 1989.
British Turkey Information Service www.britishturkey.co.uk
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