THIS weekend will see the return of the ever-popular World Black Pudding Throwing Championships.

Hundreds of people from across the world are due to descend on Ramsbottom for the town's annual contest.

The unique event sees competitors hurl the local delicacy onto a 20ft-high plinth in a bid to dislodge a dozen Yorkshire puddings.

Participants have three attempts to knock down as many as possible with their underarm throws. The person with the most success will take home prize money of £100.

The event kicks off at 12noon on Sunday outside The Oaks pub in Bridge Street.

Young people will also be able to participate in the junior competition, with the plinth set slightly lower at 10ft.

The competition dates back to the 1980s and sees the ancient Yorkshire-Lancashire rivalry played out. The custom is believed to derive from the War of the Roses when the two sides allegedly resorted to throwing food at each other when their ammunition ran out. Black pudding was thrown by the Lancashire troops, while Yorkshire puddings were thrown by their counterparts.

A decision was made to bring back the tradition by Stubbins Community Trust in 1984 and it has been a popular event ever since.

To facilitate the event, several road closures will be in place between 7am and 5pm, affecting Bridge Street, Square Street and Silver Street. Some parking restrictions will also be in place in Crow Lane and Ramsbottom Lane.

Entry is £1, with proceedings going to charity.