Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes (Sat 11/6/16).
Reporter. Jonathan White, Wistaston
I’ve uploaded all my photos to a Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanawhite/albums/72157669574409186 .The annual Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes - http://www.wybunbury.org.uk/ – took place on Saturday 11th June 2016 in Wybunbury, near Nantwich, Cheshire.
Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes is organised by the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust. It dates back at least 200 years though stopped in 1920. The event was reprised in 1995, when the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust revived it to raise money for the upkeep of their historic leaning tower in the village.
The event started in the morning with a peal of bells at Wybunbury Tower to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with the Tower itself dressed in Union Jack bunting.
The fig pies are made from a traditional recipe containing a hard pastry and 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 at 3pm, which this year was an in/out EU referendum pie.
The 10 & Under race was won by Henry Foster with 67 metres, the 16 & Under race was won by Joe Wright with 92 metres and the Adult race was won by Ian Edwards with an impressive 112 metres.
Wybunbury Tower was open to the public, and there were various charity stalls, a children’s fairground, a prize draw, and refreshments. There were steam traction engines on display. The Swan Inn and the Red Lion pub both sold refreshments and hosted live bands. There was an art exhibition in the village hall.
The main sponsor was Watts Mortgage & Wealth Management Ltd http://www.watts-ifa.com/
The rain clouds disappeared during the fig pie competition and the event was enjoyed by hundreds of people.