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29th Aug 2022

Thousands of revellers descend on pub garden as ‘world gravy wrestling championships’ return

Jack Peat

The landlord stockpiled 2,000 litres of gravy for the event 

Thousands of revellers are descending on a pub garden this afternoon to watch the ‘world gravy wrestling championships’ – for the first time since the pandemic.

The international competition – named one of the top ten weirdest ‘sports’ and pastimes – will see 30 men and ten women do battle in a brown sauce-soaked ring.

Pub manager, Carol Low, 50, who organises the normally annual event, said she’d stockpiled 2000 litres of gravy to keep the contest flowing throughout the afternoon.

And the mum of two, who has worked at the local boozer since she was 17, said guests could expect to see contestants dressed in all manner of bizarre fighting outfits.

Carol said the final winner of the tournament, which raises boatloads of cash for local charities, would be decided by a panel of four experienced local judges.

She explained: “It started about ten years, and first took place in a car park. Then it got bigger and bigger, and it raises a lot of funds for local hospices.

“We’ve stockpiled 2000 litres of gravy, and we’re expecting maybe over 1000 people to turn out.

“We’ve had people come dressed as postman pat, and everything – and this year, we’ve got 30 men and ten women competing.

“We have four judges and a referee for the tournament. It takes us two days to clean up the site after we’ve finished.

She added: “I’ve worked here for 33 years. I started when I was 17 doing just one night a week. But it wasn’t me that came up with the idea!”

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