Gravy Wrestling, Bacup

Date: 30/08/10   Duration: 7.04 Minutes
Rossendale - Bacup & Stacksteads

The 4th World Championships

It’s not often that a small Lancashire town can generate world wide interest in a sporting competition.

Nor is it that often that the event could attract stars such as Mr. T, Lady GaGa, The Hulk and others to participate.

But this is no ordinary town and this is no ordinary contest.  This is Bacup and this is the Gravy World Wrestling Championship.

The championship, which has it's roots in Bisto, was celebrating it's fourth year and has proved successful enough to be beamed to TV audiences from Accrington to Adelaide.

Over 1,000 litres of cold, impact cushioning gravy was poured into a 4.5m paddling pool before the gladiators did battle.  If the experience put any of the participants off their Sunday roast's, no body could tell.

The event formed part of the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food & Culture which included among other things champagne balloon flights, culinary canal cruises and pony trekking picnics.

The festival has proved to be a huge boost for tourism in the area, allowing visitors to get a real feel for the Pennines, it's culture and it's people.