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Teams compete for World Custard Pie Championship trophy

Pies being thrown Image copyright Ian Dawson
Image caption Pies were slung with meaning as the battle commenced

Determined teams from across the world gathered in Maidstone at the weekend in the hope of being crowned cream of the crop in a spectacular food fight.

The village of Coxheath has seen 50 years of food slinging at its annual World Custard Pie Championships.

This year, teams from Japan, Finland and France were among those who went head-to-head for the winner's trophy.

Saturday's event saw Coxheath Til I pie emerge as champions, with Custard Pie_rates the runners-up.

Strict rules mean participants must throw with their left hand.

Six points are awarded for a pie in an opponent's face, three for a strike below the shoulders and one for any other part of the body.

Image copyright Ian Dawson
Image caption Previous winners have included the "Custardteers" and the "Grannies"
Image copyright Gino Cinganelli
Image caption Past winners have included this team of men dressed as "grannies"
Image copyright Gino Cinganelli
Image caption The custard pie recipe is said to be a "closely-guarded secret"
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Image caption Teams are awarded points for each custard pie strike
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Image caption Determination paid off for the winning team Coxheath Til I Pie
Image copyright Gino Cinganelli
Image caption The winners, Coxheath Til I Pie, were presented with the much-sought after trophy

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