When: 20th November 2014 at 7pm
Where: Santon Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, Cumbria CA19 1UX
£: Tickets cost £9, which includes a tattie pot supper. Tickets should be booked in advance.
What is it?
Every November a pub in Cumbria is taken over by tall stories as the World’s Biggest Liar competition takes place. The annual competition is a popular event in the Cumbrian calendar and this year it will take place at the Santon Bridge Inn on Thursday 20th November 2014.
The rules of the competition are fairly straight forward. Contestants are allowed five minutes to tell the best story they can in order to win the title of The Biggest Liar in the World. Lies must be told without any scripts or props, and anyone can take part except politicians and lawyers (as they are deemed too good at lying).
The World’s Biggest Liar competition is said to be held in tribute to Will Ritson. Ritson was a pub landlord in Wasdale during the 19th century and was well-known for spinning a yarn or two about the local area.
Today the contest has become quite well-known, attracting liars from all over the world. In 2006 comedienne Sue Perkins won the competition, becoming the first female to do so. Some of the competitors’ lies over the recent years have included ‘facts’ such as how the Lake District was formed by large moles and eels. Last year local man, Mike Naylor, won the title of The Biggest Liar in the World for the third time in his career. Naylor won by telling a story about Wassie, the monster that lives in the local lake of Wastwater.