West Norfolk man wins annual world snail racing championships at Congham, near King’s Lynn
Entrants came from as far away as Hong Kong, but a local west Norfolk participant won the annual world snail championships at Congham, near King's Lynn.
About 175 snails took part in the competition, which was won by George, who was entered by Dale Thorne, of Gayton, and beat Popeye into second place. The winning snail received a tankard full of lettuce.
Competing snails raced over a 13inch course, with the winner the first to travel from the inner red circle to the outer circle.
Each of the heats was started by snail master Neil Riseborough with his cry of 'Ready, Steady, Slow'.
Yesterday's snail racing was held at Congham fete, on the cricket field next to Congham Hall Hotel, from 2pm.
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Other attractions at the event included displays of morris dancing by the King's Morris, live music by local band Dreirad, children's face painting, a bar, hog roast, barbecue, teas, grand prize draw and various games and stalls.
Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House held a tombola to raise funds for its facility at Hillington.
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Entry to the event was free and proceeds from the afternoon will go to St Andrew's Church in Congham. The championships has been a tradition in the village for more than 25 years.