World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

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Crowd gathered outside the Royal Oak, Ramsbottom, for the 2007 championship.

The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships are held annually in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, outside the Royal Oak 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.

List of winners[edit]

  • 2019: Tom Lowden[4]
  • 2018: Andrew Ferrier[5]
  • 2017: Nick Pennell[6]
  • 2016: Gavin Ogden[7]
  • 2015: Mark Cannon[8]
  • 2014: John Barrett[9]
  • 2013: Huseyin Ozluk[10]
  • 2009: Huseyin Ozluk[11]
  • 2008: Adam Arthern[12]
  • 2004: John Burns[13]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "World Black Pudding Throwing Championships - everything you need to know". Manchester Evening News. Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ "How far can you throw a black pudding?". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ George, Thomas (9 September 2019). "Hundreds go for glory at the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  5. ^ George, Thomas. "The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships return to Ramsbottom". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  6. ^ Scapens, Alex. "The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships: Or, how hundreds of people helped batter Yorkshire today..." Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Katie. "Watch: The annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  8. ^ "British builder wins World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  9. ^ Wheatstone, Richard. "Thousands turn out for annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championships". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  10. ^ "World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in Ramsbottom (2013)". YouTube. SNTV. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  11. ^ Benjamin, Tui (9 September 2013). "Hundreds flock to World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in Ramsbottom". The Bolton News. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Strong armed Adam is set to defend his title". Bury Times. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  13. ^ "The Prince of Puddings". BBC News. 15 September 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2018.