Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Offaly Good Day for All at Black Pudding Contest ; 'WAR OF THE ROSES' DRAWS CROWDS TO TRADITIONAL COMPETITION

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Offaly Good Day for All at Black Pudding Contest ; 'WAR OF THE ROSES' DRAWS CROWDS TO TRADITIONAL COMPETITION

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HUNDREDS of people turned out for the annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championships The old War of the Roses rivalry was reignited in Ramsbottom as competitors hurled the Bury delicacy, wrapped in a pair of women's tights, at a pile of Yorkshire puddings piled on a 20ft plinth to see who can knock the most down.

And this year's winner was Gavin Ogden from Milnrow who secured victory in a tense play-off.

The tradition is said to date back to 1455, when warring factions of the House of Lancaster and the House of York met for battle in Stubbins, Lancashire. Local legend has it that the troops ran out of ammunition and so resorted to throwing food at each other - black puddings from Lancashire and Yorkshire puds from Yorkshire.

Revived in the 1980s, it has been a popular custom in the town ever since.

This year competitors of all ages, from as far as Barcelona and the Congo, joined in the contest - with underarm throws only allowed - held in Bridge Street in Ramsbottom town centre. …

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