Councillor Mike Connolly has recently posed a challenge to radio personality Chris Evans, which involves him taking part in the next World Black Pudding Throwing Championships.
The challenge was issued by Connolly following an appearance on the bespectacled presenter’s radio show at the end of June, during which he talked about Bury and its famous Bury black pudding, as well as the activities that come along with it.
Evans presents BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show, and invited Connolly along to praise Bury’s famous market and black pudding recipe. Connolly has said that they had a ‘cracking chat’, with Evans revealing how he once had a secondhand stall on Bury Market. They also talked about the black pudding championships, which is what Evans has been asked to try his hand at. Since Bury is famous for its black pudding, the Black Pudding Throwing Championships takes place in or near the town itself, and has done every year since 2002.
The next occurrence of the event is going to be held on September 8 in Ramsbottom. It involves competitors standing at the Golden Grid and throwing the meaty treats at a pile of Yorkshire puddings on an elevated platform – a tradition which is said to be originated from the War of the Roses, during which food was thrown when ammunition had run out.
Numerous celebrities have already taken part in the challenge, including the Hairy Bikers and Paddy McGuiness. Organisers will no doubt be hoping that ginger-haired chatterbox Evans will follow suit.