World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

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The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships are held annually in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, outside the Oaks pub on Bridge Street on the second Sunday of September.[1].

Local legends claim the tradition dates back to the War of the Roses. Warring factions of the House of Lancaster and the House of York at a battle in Stubbins, Lancashire in 1455 are said to have run out of ammunition and resorted to throwing food at each other; black pudding from Lancashire and Yorkshire puddings from Yorkshire.[2]

Revived by residents in the 1980s, it has been a popular custom in the town ever since, drawing thousands of spectators to watch every year.[3]

Competitors must knock down the most Yorkshire puddings, placed on a 7.6 metre high plinth, by hurling three black puddings at them.

The next Black Pudding Throwing Championship will be held on 9 September 2018.

List of winners[edit]

  • 2015: Mark Cannon[4]
  • 2013: Huseyin Ozluk[5]
  • 2009: Huseyin Ozluk[6]
  • 2004: John Burns[7]
  • 1995: Mick Crane


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  3. ^ "How far can you throw a black pudding?". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ "British builder wins World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
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  6. ^ Benjamin, Tui (9 September 2013). "Hundreds flock to World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in Ramsbottom". The Bolton News. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  7. ^ "The Prince of Puddings". BBC News. 15 September 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2018.