Cumbrian publican wins World’s Biggest Liar 2014

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George Kemp with his World's Biggest Liar trophy
George Kemp with his World's Biggest Liar trophy
A tall tale of fracking and jam butties has earned George Kemp of the Lifeboat Inn in Maryport the title of the World’s Biggest Liar 2014.

Kemp won the award for the third time after telling a story involving a vacuum cleaner, a wooden car and fracking for jam which culminated in a collision with a bread van making 300 jam sandwiches – a reference to the age-old ‘jam-eater’ taunt between the Cumbrian mining communities. It was delivered in a Western Cumbrian dialect in his self-styled farmer lingo.

A prize trophy and medal was presented by the local Mayor of Copeland Eileen Eastwood accompanied by a hamper of beer from sponsors Jennings Brewery. The event was held at the Bridge Inn in Santon Bridge, Cumbria for the 206th​ year.

Kemp said: “I listen to different stories every night in the pub so it’s no surprise that they have rubbed off on me.

“Anyone who runs a pub takes to the stage everytime they step behind a bar and I’m incredibly proud to have won this award, if only to raise the profile of Maryport and its people.”

Judith Gale came runner-up following a satirical polemic about the state of the Cumbrian health service.

More than £280 was donated to the Mayor’s charity from money raised on the evening and an equal contribution from the brewery.

Sarah Grave, marketing assistant at Jennings Brewery, said: “It’s been another fantastic night in the history of this annual contest. We’ve seen two women enter this year and we’ve confirmed our claim to have the highest mountain, the deepest lake and the biggest liar!”

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