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Maidstone: World Custard Pie Championships last call for teams to enter the 51st year

By Angela Cole

There are just a few places left for teams wanting to join in the mass flan-flinging festival, the World Custard pie Championships, this year.

The event, which is now in its 51st year, will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Coxheath, near Maidstone - where it was originally held.

The event involves teams of four, in fancy dress, throwing pies at eachother, with points being awarded for "hits" to various parts of the body on the opposing team.

Custard pie flinging
Custard pie flinging

It started in the 60s with the help of local children’s entertainer Mr Pastry, using a "custard" recipe which has remained a closely-guarded secret through the years - and has attracted TV crews and teams from around the world.

Creative costumes at last year's event
Creative costumes at last year's event

Last year, Dame Penelope Keith visited with a film crew for the Channel 4 show, Village of the Year, with Coxheath reaching the regional semi-final.

This year, teams can dress in "innovative" costumes, with prizes being awarded for the best-dressed team.

Flan-flinging will come to Coxheath
Flan-flinging will come to Coxheath

Although the number of teams is limited, the championships are part of a fun day, and anyone can come along to watch the fun - and not stand too close!

It costs £30 to register a team of four. To register visit worldcustardpiechampionship.co.uk

The custard pie championships will be back in June
The custard pie championships will be back in June

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