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