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November 2002
World's greatest liar competition
Could this be the world's greatest liar?
Many a tall story is to be told at The Trip this Thursday in an attempt to win the title of The World's Greatest Liar.
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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
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Previous winners:
Bill Kirkham,
David Brailsford, Sherwood
Slot yet to be filled...

The venue:
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Nottingham City Centre
1 Brewhouse Yard Nottingham NG1 6AD

£3 on the door

You can hear Pete the fireman discussing the event on the Jeff Owen show on BBC Radio Nottingham (95.5 and 103.8 FM and 1584 MW) between 9.00am and 12.00pm on Thursday 28th November 2002

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On Thursday 28th November 2002 one person is going to walk away from Nottingham's Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem with the title, the World's Greatest Liar - it could be you!

Organisers are still searching for contestants to pit there oral skills against an elite field of fibbers.

The Rules
- No politicians
- No lawyers

All you'll need to enter the contest is a penchant for porkys and a good comic ten minute tale.

There aren't many rules to the competition. However, politicians and lawyers aren't welcome.

The audience will chose the winner, plugging for their favourite fanciful fable via voting slip.

If you're king or queen of cobblers just give Pete the Fireman a call (0115 955 8054).

The history
This will be the 3rd World's Greatest Liar competition held on the third Thursday of November, but organiser Pete Davis swears it's the 12th.

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
The venue: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Pete first got the idea for the event in Nottingham hearing about 'World's Best Liar' competition, held in Cumbria.

He claims to have read in the Sunday Times that he won the competition a couple of years ago by entering, but never turning up.

A previous winner of The Greatest Liar competition is Bill Kirkham, from Burton-on-Trent. He won the contest with his tale about a police 'truncheon' competition. David Brailsford, from Sherwood, won last year with a saucy travellers story.

The prize
Pete promises that there is a huge cash prize, but don't believe anything he tells you. Last year the winner was handed a gallon of whiskey from the pub landlord, apparently!

The lying starts 8.00pm prompt. Tickets cost £3 to get in, £2.50 for concessions (and £6.50 to get out).

So if you reckon the event might go ahead we suggest that you turn up to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem for 7.00pm... and if you're worried that this whole article is pure farce, don't, as we'll be there... honest.

History of the World's Best Liar contest
The World's Greatest Liar contest has spawned from the World's Biggest Liar contest that has been running in Cumbria for years.

This was started by a famous Cumbrian called Will Ritson in the 19th century. He was a popular publican who lived at the head of the Wasdale Valley in the English Lake District.

Will always kept his customers enthralled with stories of the folk heritage of this delightful area.

Of course, Will was a sincere and genuine man, who insisted that all his tales were true: He kept foxhounds, and on one occasion mated a foxhound bitch with a golden eagle.

The result was that the foxhound pups had eagle wings, and were able to leap over the Lake District's dry stone walls more easily. Since that time there has been little trouble with foxes in the Wasdale Valley.

Each year, in November, a contest is held at The Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, to award the title of 'The Biggest Liar in the World', to the person who is worthy of following in Will Ritson's foorsteps.

The first prize includes cash, The Biggest Liar Certificate, a silk tie printed with 'The Biggest Liar in the World' and the majestic Jennings Trophy.

This year, at The Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, on the 14th November, 2002 won the title for the second year running. George Kemp, 35, told how he rode a balsa wood motorcycle to victory at the Isle of Man TT race, stopping to take advice from formula one driver Nigel Mansell who was walking his dog on the course.
Source: History of lying
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