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, Greater Manchester, outside the Royal Oak pub on Bridge Street on the second Sunday of September. The event was originally held outside the Corner Pin pub in nearby Stubbins before that pub was closed and converted to offices. Money raised by the event is donated to local good causes. [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]

The competition was revived by a pub landlord in 1839, revived again in 1984 by the Stubbins Community Trust.[3][4] It has been a popular custom in the town ever since, drawing thousands of spectators to watch every year.[5]

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]

1990 Ste Thornley
1996  Dave Howarth (ENG)[6]
2000  David McCabe (ENG)[7]
2001  Jim Riley (AUS)[8]
2002  Steven Pilkington (ENG)[8]
2003  Nick Connor (ENG)[9]
2004  John Burns (ENG)[10]
2005  Mark Greaves (ENG)[11]
2006  Dave Jones (WAL)[12]
2007  Paul Rudge (ENG)[13]
2008  Adam Arthern (ENG)[14]
2009  Huseyin Ozluk (TUR)[15]
2010  Terry Ryan (ENG)[16]
2011  Warwick Turner (AUS)[17]
2012  Alan Cunliffe (ENG)[18]
2013  Huseyin Ozluk (TUR)[19]
2014  John Barrett (ENG)[20]
2015  Mark Cannon (ENG)[21]
2016  Gavin Ogden (ENG)[22]
2017  Nick Pennell (ENG)[23]
2018  Andrew Ferrier (ENG)[4]
2019  Tom Lowden (ENG)[24]
2020 No event
2021 Andrew Ferrier (ENG)

References[edit]

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