Sports fans from around the world competed in a bloody battle last Sunday at the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, held at the Royal Oak Public House in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.
Armed with a black pudding wrapped in a pair of ladies tights competitors attempt to knock a pile of 12 Yorkshire puddings from a 30 ft high wooden platform. The winner is the person who dislodges the most Yorkshire puddings with three under-arm throws.
The historic tradition dates back 150 years. It’s believed the contest is a revival of old clashes between the neighbours of Lancashire and Yorkshire, during which Lancastrians hurled black puddings at their counterparts from the white pudding county of Yorkshire. Black pudding is a regional delicacy and a type of sausage consisting of congealed pigs’ blood, fat and rusk, encased in a length of intestine.