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Get down and dirty!

Despite being placed in the top ten of the weirdest 'sports' and pastimes, hundreds of people flocked to the unusual event at the Rose 'n' Bowl to get down and dirty in a puddle of gravy.

Dozens of slippery competitors have battled it out in this year’s World Gravy Wrestling Championships. The event attracts thousands of people each year as the wrestler’s fight it out in fancy dress.

The August 26 event was the 13th year of the competition so far. Held at Rose n Bowl pub in Rossendale, Lancashire the championship raises money for local charity the East Lancashire Hospice.

Competitors aim to win the coveted championship title by beating their opponents during a two-minute long wrestling match - in Lancashire gravy. Points are earned for inventive moves, costumes and how much each wrestler can make the adoring crowd laugh as fighter’s wrestle each in giant pools of gravy. Lads and lasses of all ages and even the referee roll around in the brown stuff normally more associated with Sunday dinners and points are given out for fancy dress, comedy effect and entertainment value - not forgetting wrestling prowess. Grinning faces galore could be seen among the challengers to the title which included someone dressed as a smurf and other gravy contenders as the Mario Brothers.

The hilarious event aims to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice with all entrance proceeds going to the rest home, while participants can also raise funds for their own chosen charities.

The local fire brigade was also on hand to wash down wrestlers between bouts.

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