By Jonathan White
Hundreds of people packed a Nantwich village to watch the traditional Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes in glorious sunshine.

The 200-year-old event, organised by the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust, saw several races involving all ages.

The pies, made from a special recipe, were rolled from the Swan Inn pub down Main Road to see how far they could travel.

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes from Wybunbury TowerThere were separate race categories for 10 & under, 16 & under and adults.

Crewe & Nantwich MP Edward Timpson rolled the first fig pie to launch the event.

The famous leaning church tower was open to the public, and there were also various stalls, a Grand Raffle, refreshments, tug-of-war competition, Cheshire Police crime prevention advice, the Shavington High School Band and the Nantwich Voices Choir.

The Swan Inn and the Red Lion both sold refreshments, had steam traction engines on display and had live music.

The event started at 1pm with the first pie rolled at 3pm.

Seven-year-old James Coney won the 10 & under race with 32.1 metres, while George Shepherd, aged 15, won the 16 & under with 102.8 metres  – the longest roll of the day!

The adult race was won by Peter Wenzl, with 100.7 metres.

All proceeds from the day are split between local organisations such as the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust, Wybunbury Village Hall, Wybunbury Delves Primary School, Wybunbury Women’s Institute, St Chad’s Church, Wybunbury Scout group and Wybunbury Old Churchyard Society.

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(All pictures by Jonathan White)

Wybunbury Fig Pie adult race

Fig Pie race winners (l-r) George Shepherd - James Coney - Peter Wenzl - compere

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