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Brits throw black pudding to re-enact old rivalry

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 - 01:10

Black pudding, a mix of congealed pigs' blood, fat and rusk encased in lengths of intestines, takes centre stage in the annual throwing championships in Northern England. Elly Park reports.

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A battle is in full swing in the small English village of Ramsbottom. The weapon of choice is a local delicacy called black pudding, which is actually a type of blood sausage. One after another, contestants are taking their three shots at becoming the next World Black Pudding Throwing champion, by knocking off as many Yorkshire puddings - flat breads made of pancake mix - off a plinth as possible. The roots of the contest date back to a tall tale from the 15th century War of the Roses, when the houses of York and Lancaster fought for the English throne. The ancient rivalry is reenacted by using a staple food from each of these counties, but one contestant thinks there is another reason. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified Competitor, saying (English) "Black puddings, absolutely disguising I wouldn't have one out of choice, the best thing you can do with one is throw it away." In the end it was Lancashire's John Barratt who won the coveted title. And the proof was truly in the pudding…

Brits throw black pudding to re-enact old rivalry

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 - 01:10

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