Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes 2013

Wybunbury Tower and stallsWybunbury Fig Pie Wakes took place on the afternoon of Saturday 8th June 2013 in Wybunbury, near Nantwich.

The event which is organised by the
Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust dates back at least 200 years although ceased in 1920. The event was reprised in 1993 with all proceeds being split between local organisations:

  • Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust.
  • Wybunbury Village Hall.
  • Wybunbury Delves Primary School.
  • Wybunbury Women’s Institute, St Chad’s Church.
  • Wybunbury Scout Group.
  • Wybunbury Old Churchyard Society.

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

There were separate race categories for 10yrs & under, 16yrs & under and Adults.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson rolled the first fig pie.

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes from Wybunbury Tower

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 pub both sold refreshments, also with steam traction engines on display and live music.

The event started at 1pm with the first pie rolled at 3pm.
10yrs & under race was won by James Coney (aged 7) with 32.1 metres.
16yrs & under race was won by George Shepherd (aged 15) with 102.8 metres (the longest distance of the day).
Adult race was won by Peter Wenzl with 100.7 metres.

The event was enjoyed by hundreds of people in gloriously warm weather.

Further photographs taken by local photographer Jonathan White during the event including a video featuring Peter Wenzl rolling his winning pie can be viewed by clicking HERE

Story & Photos ©Jonathan White 2013