Thursday 20 July 2017

Just desserts for UK pie throwers

Joel Hicks of the Modern Family team from Leicester in action during the annual World Custard Pie Championship in Coxheath, Kent
Joel Hicks of the Modern Family team from Leicester in action during the annual World Custard Pie Championship in Coxheath, Kent
Kim Nolan of the Granny Smith team from Essex in action during the annual World Custard Pie Championship in Coxheath, Kent
Crystal Schroder of the Granny Smith team from Essex takes cover during the annual World Custard Pie Championship in Coxheath, Kent

Almost 50 competitors slugged it out on Saturday to be crowned World Custard Pie Throwing Champions.

Teams from as far afield as Germany and South Africa took part in the contest in Maidstone, Kent.

Despite usually being associated with comedy characters such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, the competition, which involved 12 teams, has a strict set of rules which entrants must adhere to.

Competitors working in teams of four are awarded points for the parts of their rivals bodies' they manage to hit, with the maximum of six points being given for getting them squarely in the face.

Judges can also award up to five points for the most original and amusing throwing techniques as well as bonus points for fancy dress.

This year's champions were the High Pressure Cleaning team who beat last year's winners Coxheath in the final.

The championships have been taking place in the county since 1967. The pies do not actually contain custard but are made using a secret recipe.

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