Gravy wrestlers compete for championship title

STORY: Speaking ahead of the messy event, in which participants throw each other around for two minutes at a time, previous winner Joel Hicks said what it takes to be a champion is ''an ability not to worry about what you actually look like when you’re doing it.''

''You get messy, you get covered in it, it stinks, it gets in your eyes, you just grab onto your opponent and just hope for the best,'' he said.

As well as wrestling ability the judges award points for fancy dress, comedy effects and entertainment.

Ahead of winning the women's title, Imogen Young said the most important attribute needed to win is ''confidence.''

''Confidence, that’s what it takes, it doesn’t matter how strong you’s purely confidence,'' she said before competing.

Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the wrestlers going for it in a pool of cold vegan gravy.

Around 660 gallons (2,500 litres) of gravy is made for the championship, which raises money for East Lancashire Hospice.