World Black Pudding Throwing Championships crowns two-time winner

By Ashley Pemberton & Thomas Molloy

A black pudding thrower became a two-time winner at this year's world championships in Ramsbottom.

Andrew Ferrier from Wolverhampton was crowned champion today (September 12) having previously won the annual event in 2018.

Last year's contest, which sees competitors knocking over Yorkshire puddings on a 20ft-high plinth with black pudding, was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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It is a competition with a storied history and legend has it the tradition dates back to the War of the Roses and a 1455 battle in Stubbins, between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

A competitor throws a black pudding at the stacked Yorkshire puddings (ASP)

The two sides are said to have run out of ammunition and resorted to throwing food at each other - black pudding from Lancashire and Yorkshire puddings from the white rose county.

It was revived in the 1980s and now sees thousands flock to Ramsbottom to battle it out for the crown.

Participants stand on a golden grid in the town centre and have three attempts to knock down as many Yorkshire puddings as possible, throwing black puddings underarm.

Previous competitions have been won by competitors from as far away as Turkey and Australia.

After winning this year's prestigious contest, Mr Ferrier donned a Yorkshire pudding crown and was presented with a silver trophy.

Organiser Jim Cunliffe said: "It was sad to have to cancel it last year, but it's great it was able to go ahead this year.

Competitors have three attempts to knock down as many Yorkshire puddings as possible, throwing black puddings underarm (ASP)

"After the year everyone has had, it's great to see crowds back and people having a good time.

"Due to covid and travel restrictions, we haven't got the usual international visitors we get, but we've got people coming from around the country.

"Past winners come and join in, it's just fun and it's great to see."

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