Are you ready for the pudding challenge?

PUDDING lovers are gearing up to gorge themselves on Bury’s most famous delicacy as the world famous black pudding eating competition returns to town.

Revellers will compete to see who can scoff the most puds in one hour - without being sick - to raise money for Bury Hospice.

Martin Brimelow was crowned the first-ever black pudding eating world champion in August last year following the event at the Hark to Dandler in Walmersley Old Road, Bury.

He managed an impressive ten puds to scoop the title after a fellow competitor ate 11 but was disqualified for vomiting.

This year’s event has been brought forward to coincide with the pub’s cask ale festival taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend from Friday, May 1 to Monday, May 4.

Landlord Barry Murphy said breweries from all over the country are on board and he is expecting a big crowd.

“The festival adds a bit of value to the event this year and we are making a real effort with local breweries too,” he said.

“We are looking forward to a really good contest. It was a lot of fun last year and will be a good laugh. Although 90 per cent of people won’t get anywhere near ten puddings anyone can join in and it is all for a good cause.”

Anyone wishing to take part must register their place before the event, which takes place on Sunday, May 3 at 1pm.

To fancy your chances of beating Martin’s record: contact Barry on (0161) 764 2116.

Entry is £5 and all proceeds go to Bury Hospice.

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