World renowned dock pudding championship is cancelled

Competitor Jane Bargh enjoys the moment, with host Karl Boggis, at a previous World Dock Pudding Championships, Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Competitor Jane Bargh enjoys the moment, with host Karl Boggis, at a previous World Dock Pudding Championships, Mytholmroyd Community Centre

The World Dock Pudding Championship in Mytholmroyd that has seen celebrity stars take part has been cancelled.

Organisers say the cold weather means that there are not enough dock leaves to run the competition on April 15 but are hopeful for a triumphant return in 2019.

Dock Pudding World Champs at Mytholmroyd community centre.'Pictured is:- Robbie Coltrane tastes some of Jane Kennedy's pudding, on the right is Doris Hirst

Dock Pudding World Champs at Mytholmroyd community centre.'Pictured is:- Robbie Coltrane tastes some of Jane Kennedy's pudding, on the right is Doris Hirst

They posted on the championships’ Facebook page: “Massive apologies but, due to the never ending cold spell, there are no docks so we are having to cancel the championship for 2018. The organisers are all gutted as this is a fantastic local event but, unfortunately, the weather is against us. We’d like to thank all the stall holders for their interest and apologies again. Team Dock.”

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Dock Pudding is a dish that, as far as we know, is only found here in Calderdale.
It’s made from dock leaves (from a sweet variety called Polygonum Bistorta or more recently Persicaria Bistorta not the more common cow dock leaves), nettles, oatmeal, onions, butter and seasoning.
Resembling spinach, the pudding is fried together with bacon and eggs and served as part of a traditional English breakfast.
In 2007 the contest attracted extra attention when television and film actor Robbie Coltrane turned up and took part.
The Cracker and Harry Potter star, who was filming an ITV documentary about local rural traditions, even scooped second place with his version of the dish.
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