Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Wrestlers Grapple in Gravy for Good Cause

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Wrestlers Grapple in Gravy for Good Cause

Article excerpt

LANCASHIRE folk take their gravy seriously - so seriously in fact that they've even been known to fight in the stuff.

Once again, a brave group of fighters took to a saucesoaked stage on a sunny bank holiday for the World Gravy Wrestling Championships.

Eighteen courageous contestants clambered and slid their way through gruelling two-minute bouts, hurling each other to the ground and soaking many of the 1,300-strong crowds with sticky gravy.

The bizarre sport is a tradition at the Rose 'n' Bowl in Stacksteads, Rossendale, where landlord John Lowe has run the event for nine years to raise money for the East Lancashire Hospice.

Fighters grappled through 1,500 litres of meaty stock, courtesy of the Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company.

Reigning champion Joe Hicks, aka The Wild Thing, was the man to beat. …

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