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Canterbury pub offers £250 prize for 'weirdest talent'

Can you spin on your head for 10 minutes? Balance a broom on your chin? Or perhaps sing Bohemian Rhapsody backwards?

Whatever amazing - but, ultimately, pointless - skill you have up your sleeve, now could be the time it finally pays off.

The "weirdest talents" contest is taking place in Canterbury
The "weirdest talents" contest is taking place in Canterbury

Because a pub in Canterbury is offering a £250 prize to whoever proves to have the "weirdest talent" in a competition later this month.

The Penny Theatre is a well-known venue for gigs - attracting a range of bands and artists throughout the year.

But manager Daniel Allen told KentOnline he is now "trying to bring more original stuff" for the event on January 25.

He says a contortionist has already signed up to take part. But he wants more people to enter - the more bizarre their talent the better.

"We have a lot of singers and songwriters, but we are trying to bring out a bit more of people's creative sides," he said.

A contortionist has already signed up to take part. Stock picture / Asia Sawicka, Chinese State Circus
A contortionist has already signed up to take part. Stock picture / Asia Sawicka, Chinese State Circus

"Anything involving fire would be fun - although that would involve risk assessments."

The rules for the contest are that the act must be between five and 15 minutes. You can enter individually or in groups with a maximum of 20 people.

A public vote on the night will decide the winner. Doors open at 6pm and there will also be an after-party until 3am.

The event is being held in support of student mental health charity Mind.

Daniel, 23, said: "We are quite a student led staff here. Mental health is an issue all the staff really care about."

The Penny Theatre in Northgate, Canterbury, is on the hunt for the weird and wonderful
The Penny Theatre in Northgate, Canterbury, is on the hunt for the weird and wonderful

Registration for Canterbury's Weirdest Talents closes on January 20.

To enter email pennytheatre.canterbury@stonegatepubs.com or contact the pub via Facebook.

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