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Man wins World's Biggest Liar competition in Cumbria

image captionVictory for Glen Boylan in the 2011 World's Biggest Liar Competition

A man has been honoured with the title of World's Biggest Liar - after telling a tale about crossing a whippet with a mink.

The tall story helped Glen Boylan, 46, from Maryport, win the competition, held at Santon Bridge, Cumbria.

Paul Burrows failed to defend his title with a story about a bishop and a magical sausage.

Previous winners include TV star Sue Perkins in 2006.

Mr Boylan, a nuclear power contractor, said after winning the title: "It's absolutely brilliant. I can't express how happy I am.

"I've been up twice before and got third, and this time I'm absolutely elated."

Eleven people took part in this year's competition and had up to five minutes to tell the biggest and most convincing lie they could, in front of a panel of judges and the audience.

Politicians and lawyers are excluded from entering the annual event because organisers say they are too good at lying.

The contest dates back to the 19th century, when Will Ritson, a Wasdale landlord, became well-known for his fibs.

Any contestant winning for three consecutive years is automatically excluded from entry for one year.

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