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In Pictures: Black pudding hurlers go for glory at World Championships

Ramsbottom in Lancashire staged the event and Yorkshire puddings were subjected to a pummelling during the contest.

A competitor holds black puddings (Peter Powell/PA)
A competitor holds black puddings (Peter Powell/PA)

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The Ashes may have eluded England’s cricketers in Manchester, but a few miles away in Ramsbottom the host nation displayed its unrivalled prowess at a sporting contest where Australia, India and the West Indies are still novices.

Ramsbottom in Lancashire was the scene as competitors chanced their arm to win the much-coveted World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, as the eponymous blood-based delicacies were hurled through the air with victory eventually claimed by Tom Lowten of Lincolnshire.

The Lancashire hosts made it something of a Roses grudge match, with Yorkshire puddings used as targets for competitors who had to combine power and accuracy to knock the culinary symbol of the White Rose county literally off its perch.

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A tray of black puddings sits around the winning trophy in Ramsbottom (Peter Powell/PA)
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People were pudding their money on the contest (Peter Powell/PA)
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Tom Lowten, from Lincolnshire, celebrates his victory in The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships in Ramsbottom, Lancashire (Peter Powell/PA)
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Winner Tom Lowten, resplendent in a flat cap, holds a black pudding and the trophy (Peter Powell/PA)
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A competitor watches her black pudding go into orbit (Peter Powell/PA)
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The Lancashire venue provided the ideal opportunity to get one over the neighbours (Peter Powell/PA)
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Yorkshire puddings were targeted by culinary missiles as Lancastrians looked to knock the rival delicacy literally off its perch (Peter Powell/PA)
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Yorkshire puddings bite the dust after a strike from a black pudding (Peter Powell/PA)
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A competitor has Yorkshire puddings in his sights as he throws a black pudding (Peter Powell/PA)
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Champion! (Peter Powell/PA)

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