Have an offal-y good time at the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

When: 8th September 2013 from 12 noon

Where: Outside the Royal Oak, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

£: Free to watch

What is it?

Lancashire is famous for the production of the regional delicacy, black pudding.  So the Lancashire town of Ramsbottom makes a fitting home for the annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championships.

The aim is to throw a black pudding that has been wrapped in a pair of ladies tights at a collection of Yorkshire puddings.  The Yorkshire puddings are balanced on a plinth, 20 feet up a tower.  The tower is built especially for the event in the middle of the main street.  Whoever knocks down the most Yorkshire puddings, wins!

Originally hosted by The Corner Pin at Stubbins, near the village of Ramsbottom, the traditional is said to pay tribute to the brave men and women who repelled raiding parties from Yorkshire.  Since the closure of the Corner Pin public house the competition has been held at the Royal Oak on Bridge Street in Ramsbottom.

The championships have gained popularity over recent years with an unofficial demonstration of the sport at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and  have featured on television with the Hairy Bikers.

This popularity has continued with the event attracting a number of international entries from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Peru and Argentina, the USA, Poland, Kenya, and Norway.