Gorge yourself on these photos of the 2018 World Pie Eating Championships in Wigan

This week saw one of the most prestigious events on the planet take place in Wigan - the 2018 World Pie Eating Championships!

Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 1:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 6:53 pm
The pies have it

Our gallery of pictures captures the frenzied munching in all its glory. Enjoy!

The pies are out - let battle commence
The competition begins

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Competitors get stuck in
The competition hots up
A pie eater takes a break from munching duties - to swallow
Two fierce rivals get ready for a pie-off after scoring the exact same time
The pie-off gets underway
The pie-off has the crowd roaring
Ian Gerrard is almost pie free
But five-times winner Martin Appleton-Clare pips him to the post
Martin enters the WPEC Hall of Fame after his fifth win and fourth on the trot
Pie-master Tony Callaghan with Harry's Bar manager Claire Bolton