Do you love gravy? Really love gravy? Then get on down to Lancashire, England, home of the World Gravy Wrestling Championships! Gravy wrestling isn’t a euphemism — people literally wrestle in big vats of gravy. Thankfully, it’s not a fetish, it’s for charity: The East Lancashire Hospice. The ultimate winners, chosen based on crowd reaction, receive trophies and the glory of knowing that when it comes to gravy, they get down and dirty with the best of them.
Here’re our favorite photos from this year’s competition:
What a brilliant day at the World Gravy Wrestling Championships! ‘Smilers’ Brian Gumbley and Rob Ollerenshaw-Ward joined AWAS founder Joel Hicks at the Rose N Bowl pub in Bacup, Lancashire for the 8th annual tournament held in support of East Lancashire Hospice. In ‘Gravy Wrestling’, 2 minute bouts are fought in a specially constructed pool regularly topped up with 1,500 litres of gloopy brown gravy made in a nearby black pudding factory, and after each round the contestants are hosed down by the Lancashire fire brigade! Three judges score the winner based on fun, humour, crowd reaction… and basically anything but proper wrestling moves! In what has been an extraordinary month for the foundation, Joel managed to win back the world title he has held twice before, this time appearing as Gandalf the Gravy! #AWAS #Smiler #Fun #Happiness #Love #Smile #BeHappy #Happy #Gravy #GravyWrestling #Lancashire #BlackPudding #RoseNBowl #Food #SundayDinner #BankHoliday A photo posted by @awasfoundation on
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