Saturday 18 November 2017

Grannies new custard pie champions

Members of Pie and Smash take on the Grannies in final of the 2014 World Custard Pie Championship at the village hall in Coxheath, Kent
Members of Pie and Smash take on the Grannies in final of the 2014 World Custard Pie Championship at the village hall in Coxheath, Kent

The reigning champions of a world custard pie competition failed to hold on to their title when they were beaten by a team called The Grannies.

Pie n Smash lost out to four men dressed as old age pensioners, sporting zimmer frames and driving a mobility scooter, at today's World Custard Pie Championships in the village of Coxheath, near Maidstone, Kent.

Brian Mortimer, one of the organisers, said 14 teams had taken part this year and 2,000 pies were thrown.

He said the competition had strict rules which involved teams standing 8ft and one and three quarter inches apart while the pies were thrown.

The competition also had a rigorous scoring system, with teams receiving six points for a shot to the face, three for a pie to the chest, one point for a pie on the arm, and deductions for three misses during a round, Mr Mortimer said.

He added: "We had a lot of spectators and a lot of happy faces. Roll on next year."

Money raised from the event will be divided between local charities, he said.

The World Custard Pie Championships began in Coxheath in 1967 and were inspired by Charlie Chaplin, according to its website.

The competition, which attracts teams from all over the world, was started by Councillor Mike Fitzgerald to raise funds for the village hall.

It was held in the village for many years before disbanding and then returning in 2007, the website said.

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