Gurning Competition

by / Friday, 05 December 2014 / Published in Latest News

Our magazine journalists have been investigating extreme sports ….  One of the sports which cropped up was the annual World Gurning Championships at the Egremont Craft Fair in Egremont, Cumbria, The Lake District. Gurning contests are a rural English tradition. By far the most notable is that held annually at the Egremont Crab Fair, which dates back to 1267 when King Henry III granted the fair a Royal Charter. The origins of the gurning competition itself are unclear, and may not be so old, although it was described as an ancient tradition by local newspaper the Cumberland Paquet in 1852.

The magazine team decided that it would be good fun to have a Sherwell Valley Primary School competition.  Pupils from each of the Junior classes were put forward by their class mates to take part in a gurning challenge this morning!

Jacob from 5SK was the winner, with Isabelle (6BW) and Zoe (6B) as runners up.