Highlands & Islands

Glasgow-based oil worker world guga eating champ

A 33-year-old oil worker has been crowned the first World Guga Eating Champion.

Peter MacCritchie, who was born in Ness on Lewis and now lives in Glasgow, ate his portion of gannet chick and potatoes in three minutes 44 seconds.

Seven other people competed in Saturday's event held in Ness FC Social Club.

Guga, a delicacy on the Western Isles, has been described as tasting like salty goose and fishy beef.

About 2,000 of the young gannet chicks are taken from the tiny island of Sula Sgeir, about 40 miles (64km) north of Ness, each year.

Done in August, the harvest is Scotland's last surviving guga hunt. It has taken place for centuries.

Modern hunts are permitted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

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