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.
|- 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).
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 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.
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
of the World's Best Liar contest
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
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.
History of lying