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World oyster eating challenger sought

Published 25/06/2012

World Oyster Eating Champion - Colin Shirlow
World Oyster Eating Champion - Colin Shirlow
World Oyster Eating Champion - Colin Shirlow

A challenger is being sought for the title of World Oyster Eating champion which currently is held by Co. Down man, Colin Shirlow whose reign remains undefeated.

He set the Guinness World record in 2005 at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival in Co.Down, Northern Ireland by eating 233 oysters in just 3 minutes.

The world record was set just days after Colin tried his first oyster at a friend’s BBQ. “The oyster has to be lifted by the shell and scooped into the mouth usually by a sucking motion, but you can only put one shell to your mouth at a time”, said Colin on his winning technique, but “I don’t eat oysters at any other time of the year”.

Each year challengers from across the globe descend on the historic village of Hillsborough for the World Oyster Eating Championships, however no one has been able to defeat 56-year-old Colin in the challenge or break his world record.

The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival chairman Sean Hall said, “We have had competitors from as far away as Canada and South Korea but local man Colin has come out on top year on year. Colin will be back at the Festival this year which runs from 6-9th September, to defend his title and as a Festival we are keen to hear from interested contenders who think they have what it takes to be a record breaker”.

Anyone interested in further information should get in contact with the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival via its website

Belfast Telegraph

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