Pilton pie fight is a 'Smash' hit!

INTREPID fund raisers were left custard-splattered, tired but very hoppy after a 24-hour marathon in Pilton in a bid to break two zany world records on Saturday. The team gathered at Pilton Park on Friday night to begin their first challenge, the worlds

INTREPID fund raisers were left custard-splattered, tired but very "hoppy" after a 24-hour marathon in Pilton in a bid to break two zany world records on Saturday.

The team gathered at Pilton Park on Friday night to begin their first challenge, the worlds longest "space hop" astride the popular rubber toys, continuing throughout the night to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West.

And after they had hopped until they dropped, teams from the Reform Inn, Pilton and the Corner House in Barnstaple redistributed more than 400 litres of sticky custard in a bid to stage the largest ever custard pie fight in the world.

Dave Butt of the Pilton Fundraising Group said they were quietly confident of breaking the hopper record, after covering some 35 miles, the distance from Barnstaple to Tiverton and would be making an official submission to the Guinness Book of Records.


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"It was a great team effort in not very nice weather," he said

"And although around 85 people joined us for the pie fight, we fell short by about 37, but now we know what we are doing and will definitely give it another go.

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"Special thanks to Barum Brewery for making up the custard in its vats. We had trouble getting it to solidify and it had to be not only edible but environmentally friendly too - in the end we managed to get it solid using Smash and I think we developed a new type of glue at the same time!"

Organisers would like to thank all the local companies who donated help and sponsorship for the charity event, including Andy Hughes of Bramleys, who turned up unexpectedly on Saturday morning with free breakfasts for the hungry hoppers!

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