Hundreds packed into Mytholmroyd Community Centre to see an old hand come out of retirement to win the 2014 World Dock Pudding Championship.
Philip Berkeley, who last won the event in 19994 and 1997, fried up a storm once again to see of six other competitions, which included a brother and sister who entered separately.
Mr Berkeley, 65, of Hebden Bridge, said: “I entered it because I’m 65 this year and I won it in 1994 and 1997, so I thought seeing as I’m 65 let’s see if I can achieve the hat-trick and I’ve done it! It felt like 20 years ago again when they called my name out. I thought ‘good heavens’. I’m also very pleased because think my dock pudding is a darn good one.”
For the first time ever, this year’s championship was accompanied by a mini food festival, with stall holders selling wine, fudge, savoury snacks and more, joining the traditional car boot sale. And organiser Julie Wilby thanked all involved, saying that the food festival added an extra string to the bow of the dock pudding contest.
“It has gone really well. I wanted more stalls, but all the stall holders who were here have been impressed,” she said.
Julie thanked the contestants, the judges, members of the public for attending and all the stall holders.
The championship, which dates back to 1971, saw entrants fry the local delicacy made from dock leaves, nettles, onion, oatmeal and seasoning. Coming a close second to Mr Berkeley was Daisy Hunter, while previous champion Jenny Whitehouse.
Hebden Bridge Junior Band helped keep crowds entertained with an array of popular music.