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Editor's Viewpoint: One shell of a time

It’s difficult to visualise consuming 198 oysters in just three minutes, but Colin Shirlow did to win the World Oyster Eating Championships for the eighth year in a row.

In doing so, at the 19th Hillsborough International Oyster Festival at the weekend, he gave new life to the phrase: “The world is your oyster.”

As well as triumph for Colin, the festival was good for Hillsborough as 10,000 people took part in the event, with RNLI as its nominated charity.

Not all can gulp down that amount of oysters in a short time, but most can enjoy themselves — in that sense everyone in Hillsborough was a winner.

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