World Gurning Championships—19 September

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The World Championships will be held in Cumbria in connection with the Egremont Crab Fair.

These championships have been held every year since 1267. King Henry III granted a Royal Charter to Egremont in 1267 for a weekly market and an annual crab fair.

What is gurning?  Making an ugly face with a horse collar around your neck.

Crab apples are bitter. Eating bitter food makes your face contort.

“Proud to be ugly,” is the slogan often used by contestants. We in the DMC are proud to be dull. But ugly? Who would want to be ugly?

There is, we see, one thing to be gained from this. We can learn how to do it ourselves. Halloween is coming up. We can go to Halloween parties and not have to bring masks.

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