Pud­ding chuck­ing cham­pi­ons

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HUN­DREDS of peo­ple took part in the most ec­cen­tric of English tra­di­tions as they tried to be­come the best black pud­ding thrower in the world.

The an­nual World Black Pud­ding Throw­ing Cham­pi­onships in Rams­bot­tom proved as pop­u­lar as ever on Sun­day (Septem­ber 10).

Com­peti­tors stand on a golden grid and get three at­tempts to knock as many York­shire pud­dings as pos­si­ble off a plinth - by lob- bing the del­i­cacy at them.

Adult cham­pion was Nick Pen­nell, 45, who knocked five down, and ju­nior win­ner was Jen­nifer As­tle, 11, from Chad­der­ton, who man­aged the same amount.

Around 1,000 peo­ple are es­ti­mated to have vis­ited with or­gan­is­ers say­ing there was a to­tal of 900 at­tempts. There were also fair­ground rides for chil­dren and live mu­sic into the evening.

Or­gan­iser Phil Tay­lor, 65, said: “It wasn’t the best weather but it was a bril­liant day.

“The youngest per­son to have a go was aged two, the old­est was well into their 80s. It is a typ­i­cally Bri­tish event, daft and fun.

“You don’t have to spend much, it is £1 a go and you can even just watch.”

The com­pe­ti­tion has been go­ing in mod­ern times for around 25 years, but has its ori­gins in the War of the Roses when - leg­end has it - the two op­pos­ing armies ran out of weaponry and am­mu­ni­tion to use.

At this point the York­shire army be­gan hurl­ing York­shire pud­dings at the en­emy and the Lan­cashire troops re­turned the fire by throw­ing black pud­dings.

Pics: Vin­cent Cole

●● Above and top of page, peo­ple tak­ing part in the an­nual World Black Pud­ding Throw­ing Cham­pi­onships in Rams­bot­tom

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