When: 17th November 2016
Where: Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, Cumbria CA19 1UX
£: Tickets cost £10, 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 Bridge Inn, on Thursday 17th November.
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. Local man Mike Naylor, has won the title of The Biggest Liar in the World more than a few times in his career, in fact last year he won the competition for the fourth time.
Naylor has won by telling tales about a monster that lives in the nearby Wastwater lake, and being related to the Royal family. This year’s challengers will have to come up with a good story to beat this local lying legend.