New world record set at World Pie-eating Championships

The new king of the gravy, meat and crusty pastry is Martin Clare, 34, a furniture-maker from Wigan, home of the annual World Pie-eating Championships at Harry's Bar.

Contestants attempted to finish a pie that is 12cm in diameter and 3.5cms in depth as quickly as possible.

Clare is a fine figure of a pie-eater and he demolished his pie in 23.53 seconds which pips the 23.91 set by Boltonian civil servant Neil Collier two years ago.

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After receiving his winner's cup, Clare said: "This is the biggest thing I have ever won."