Floods won’t stop our dock puds

The World Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre
The World Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

This year’s World Dock Pudding Championship has been hailed a success as the Valley community bounced back from the floods .

The popular event has taken place for decades and this year organisers were determined to get their community back into high-spirits.

Lots of family fun, during the World Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

Lots of family fun, during the World Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

The traditional contest took place at the Mytholmryd Community and Leisure Centre last Sunday as villagers came out in force four months after the area was devasted by the Boxing Day deluge.

Centre manager, Julie Wilby said: “The atmosphere was amazing and everyone said how good it was. We really needed the event especially after everything we’ve been through with the floods. It was lovely to see everyone come together as a community.

“I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved and made it such an enjoyable day. Not only that but the weather was perfect.”

To top it all off, the organisers were also presented with a £1,095.96 donation from West Yorkshire Flood Support.

Jane Bargh competes in the World Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

Jane Bargh competes in the World Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

Julie Cox, of Mytholmroyd, was crowned the 2016 pud champion.

She was a last minute entry to the competition and was also up against her husband in the competition.

She said: “I was overwhelmed that I won the competition as I honestly thought my husband was going to win.

“I did enter last minute and never really thought much of it at the time.

The World Dock Pudding Champion 2016, Julie Cox, with judges at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

The World Dock Pudding Champion 2016, Julie Cox, with judges at Mytholmroyd Community Centre

“I picked the Dock Leaves on Saturday morning then made the pudding that same evening. There is no secret ingredient that I use or anything however the recips usually say to use spring onion but I use normal onion and that works better in my opinion.

“We celebrated my win by bagging up what was left and finishing it all up in our friends’ house.”

The day was also filled with activities such as a raffle, children’s entertainment and live music throughout the day.

During the Dock Pudding cook-off there was live brass music from the Hebden Bridge Junior Band.

The championship was first held in 1971 and is unique to the Calder Valley.

The dock pudding is made from Polygonum Bistorta dock leaves, nettles, oatmeal and butter.

Then it is heated and served as part of a traditional Yorkshire breakfast.

People at the event were claiming that it was the best one yet.

One visitor tweeted: “Great Dock Pudding event in Mytholmroyd with many people saying the best ever! Marquee, great food, happy children.”

There was also a food and drink festival incorporated into the championship which has previously been attended by TV celebrities including Robbie Coltrane