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Monday 9 June 2014

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes

Reporter Jonathan White, Crewe

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes - – took place on the afternoon of Saturday 7th June 2014 in Wybunbury, near Nantwich.

The event is organised by the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust. It dates back to at least 200 years though stopped in 1920. The event was reprised in 1993 and all proceeds are split between local organisations - the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust, Wybunbury Village Hall, Wybunbury Delves Primary School, Wybunbury Women's Institute, St Chad's Church, Wybunbury Scout group and Wybunbury Old Churchyard Society.

The fig pies, made from a special recipe, were rolled from the Swan Inn pub down Main Road to see how far they would travel. There were separate race categories for 10 & Under, 16 & Under and Adults. Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson rolled the first fig pie. The 10 & Under race was won by Daniel McKenna with 54 metres, the 16 & Under race was won by Joe Wright with 50 metres and the Adult race was won by Mike Guilliard with an impressive 113 metres.

The famous leaning church tower was open to the public, and there were also various stalls including a tombola, hook a duck and a lucky dip, a prize draw, plant sale, The Earl of Stamford Morris dancers, Mind The Step Appalachian dancers, and refreshments. The Swan Inn and the Red Lion pub both sold refreshments and had steam traction engines on display. The event started at 1pm with the first pie rolled at 3pm. There was also an art exhibition in the village hall.

The morning rain clouds disappeared and the event was enjoyed by hundreds of people.

I’ve uploaded all my photos to a Flickr page:

An adult rolls a fig pie from the Swan Inn pub down Main Road 1View from Wybunbury Tower

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