'So, you get three black puddings for a quid right, and you chuck them at a stack of Yorkshire puddings on a 20 foot high plinth.'

Sounds good fun that doesn't it? Which is probably why The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships has just celebrated its 175th anniversary.

This year 2,000 people attended the event at The Oaks in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester – to witness 63-year-old John Barratt take the title by knocking down more puddings than his rivals.

It was the first time the new landlords at the Thwaites pub, Alison Piddington and David Aspinall, had hosted the tournament.

Allison said: "The World Black Pudding Throwing Championships is a huge event in Ramsbottom, which traditionally takes place on Bridge Street, just outside our pub. We've worked very hard to get the pub ready in time. We've sanded the floors, re-painted, spruced up the exterior, refreshed all trading areas, and updated fixtures and fittings throughout."

The pub also held a live music festival throughout the day and Thwaites brewed 'Black Pudding Ale' which was sold to raise funds for The Stubbins Village Trust.