Strikes see Wigan's World Pie-Eating Championships shelved until the new year
Wigan’s World Pie Eating Championships have been shelved until the new year to avoid December industrial action which could mean competitors struggling to reach the venue and get home for dinner.
"We're now consulting with the elite competitors to try to find a slot in a crowded January 2023 calendar that doesn't clash with kebab night, Chippy lunch day, or times when Asda discounts the 'best before' sandwiches and pasties,” said organiser and Piemaster Tony Callaghan.
"The sporting world is used to fixture congestion, but we're challenged with fixture digestion.
"It's hard enough explaining to entrants from the likes of Bolton and Chorley how to get here without the additional complication of having to work out bus timetables because there's no trains.
"It's alright for them southerners from Worsley and Altrincham getting away from their lobster and caviar and doing once-a-year pie tourism with their Ubers and limos to the front door, but when we have unpractised entrants there's a risk we could be here all afternoon. Door security also assures me this time they'll be all over the bloke who stands outside opening car doors and taking a £50 entrance fee from anybody arriving in a Mercedes."
The championships, which have been taken up by media all over the world, have been held at Mr Callaghan’s Harry’s Bar in Wallgate for years, although the pandemic wrecked the previous two tournaments.
No new date for the pie-down has yet been set.
The cooked dimensions of the official pie are a diameter of 12cm and a depth of 3.5cm, and a pie wall angle from base to top of between zero and 15 degrees.