Lancashire

Over 1,000 visit Aughton Pudding Festival

Mitzi Hayhurst with her giant pudding
Image caption The 2013 pudding weighed over a tonne and took two days to bake
Concrete mixer
Image caption Mitzi Hayhurst used a concrete mixer for her Christmas pudding in 1992
Mitzi Hayhurst and Annie Haythornthwaite sat in a boiler used in the festival 1800s
Image caption Mitzi Hayhurst and Annie Haythornthwaite pictured alongside a boiler used in the festival in the 1800s

More than 1,000 people have attended a pudding festival in a North Lancashire village, held every 21 years.

Aughton Pudding Festival, which organisers believe dates back to 1782, traditionally sees Aughton villagers make a giant pudding.

Organiser Sandi Haythornthwaite claimed a world record had been set at the last festival in 1992.

She said Mitzi Hayhurst cooked a secret recipe, with her plum pudding weighing in at 3.82 tonnes.

Ms Hayhurst also made the 2013 pudding using the same recipe.

It took two days to bake in a specially converted tin bath.

Also featured at the festival was the North of England Snail Racing Championship, duck herding and a sheep show among other events.

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