Cambridgeshire

Pea shooting championship held near Ely

More than 100 competitors took part in the 40th World Pea Shooting Championships in Cambridgeshire.

The event, held at Witcham, near Ely, since 1971, was created by local teacher John Tyson.

He was inspired by the peas and shooters he confiscated from his mischievous pupils.

The winner of Saturday's competition was local man Ian Ashmeade - last year's runner-up. The event raises money for village groups.

Tracy Robinson, landlady of the White Horse pub in the village, said: "In the 2009 contest Ian only picked up a pea shooter for the first time the night before.

"This year he admitted he has done a bit of practising because he was determined to come first."

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