World Pie Eating Championship
The annual World Pie Eating Championship is usually held at Harry's Bar on Wallgate, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. The competition has been held since 1992. In November 2006, an vegetarian version was added after "relentless pressure", from The Vegetarian Society's Keith Lorraine and Phil English.
In December 2006, in the competition, the meat and potato pies were all 12 cm (5 in) in diameter with a depth of 3.5 cm (1.5 in). In the separate vegetarian contest, the pies were 10 cm (4 in) by 3 cm (1.2 in). In December 2007, in the competition, entries included a competitor's dog, Charlie, who had eaten 20 pies and damaged a further 10 the night before the competition, nearly jeopardising the event.
Dave Smyth, a painter from Hindley, won the inaugural contest in 1992 when he ate four pies in three minutes.
Dave Williams of Preston, Lancashire.
Scott Ormrod of Aspull, Wigan, Greater Manchester. 11 pies in 30 mins
Adrian Frost (42) from Wigan who downed his pie in a record-breaking 35.86 seconds
Ian Coulton of Wigan took the title, albeit with the slowest winning time ever.
Martin Appleton Clare, former winner in 2012, regained his crown
In December 2005, controversy was caused, when pies were imported from nearby Farnworth, Bolton, and local Wigan pies were sidelined as it was believed they were substandard, resulting in a four-man strong protest, which included Lee Hartney of The Smith Street Band. In December 2009, an similar situation arose, with pies being sourced from Adlington.
Quantity to speed
In November 2006, more controversy was caused when the competition was changed (to meet government healthy-eating guidelines) from the number of pies consumed in a given time, to the fastest time to consume a single pie.
Lack of stock
In December 2007, controversy struck again for the third year running, when the competition actually ran out of pies before the competition had finished.
Wrongly sized pies
In December 2014, pies of the wrong size were delivered to the event, while the intended pies were sent to a nearby divorce party. The contestants competed with halved pies, but the results were nullified. The head of the World Pie Eating Championship went to court on the television show Judge Rinder because of this, against the pie maker of the wrongly sized pies, but was awarded nothing.
This very article was featured as evidence in the episode, referred to as "an online encyclopaedia website" by Robert Rinder. Last names were removed however, to protect identities and possibly copyright issues.
Wiganers are proud to be called pie eaters, but the nickname is not thought to be because of their appetite for the delicacy. The name is said to date from the 1926 General Strike, when Wigan miners were starved back to work, before their counterparts in surrounding towns and were forced to eat "humble pie".
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