Pie makers turn out in their dozens

Packed: The crowd of people enjoying the annual Pork Pie Championships at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden
Packed: The crowd of people enjoying the annual Pork Pie Championships at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden

A RECORD number of pork pie makers from across the country flocked to Ripponden for the annual Pork Pie Competition at the weekend.

The competition - now in its 19th year - saw more than 70 entrants battling it out for the title of Champion Pork Pie Maker 2011.

Annual Pork Pie Championships at Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden'Pictured is pie judge Susan Wade

Annual Pork Pie Championships at Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden'Pictured is pie judge Susan Wade

And pie enthusaists were queueing ou of the door to get a slice of the action.

Lindsay Eaton Walker, landlady of the Old Bridge Inn, said: “It has been the most successful day we have had since it started.

“Butchers and pie makers from all over England have entered. We’ve had some people come from as far as London and Devon.”

She added: “The Friendly Brass Band also put on a fantastic show.”

Annual Pork Pie Championships at Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden'Pictured is pie judges Dave Whippy, Joe Hallos, eight years old and Tim Prest

Annual Pork Pie Championships at Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden'Pictured is pie judges Dave Whippy, Joe Hallos, eight years old and Tim Prest

Pork Pie Appreciation Society Member, Peter Charnley, who helped organise the event, said: “It has been one of the biggest competitions we’ve ever had.

“It was really difficult to pick the winners because the entries are getting better every year.

He added: “The 19th competition was fantastic and we look forward to a bigger and better 20th competition next year.”

Mr Charnley also explained there may be additional categories in next year’s event to give all entrants a better chance of winning.

Netherton Butchers from Huddersfield was crowned the winner. No Calderdale entries made it into the top four.

Proceeds will go towards stroke charities in memory of former Pie Appreciation Society member Bob Letven, who died from a stroke earlier in the year.