The mud, sweat and beers are over for another twelve months after The King’s Arms were crowned winners of this year’s Haxey Hood.
It was a second consecutive victory for the watering hole - and the eighth time since 2000 that regulars have managed to push the prized leather cylinder through the doors - making it a majestic reign for the Low Street pub.
It was also the quickest completion of the game since 2003, the Hood taking just two hours from the field to landlady Carol Kemp taking delivery of the trophy on the pub’s doorstep.
Nowadays, the contest is fought out between regulars from four pubs - The King’s Arms, The Loco and the Duke William in Haxey and the Carpenters Arms in Westwoodside.
Among those getting stuck in the mud was Hood first-timer Jack Thompson, 22, of Epworth, who said: “It is pretty mental but good fun. I couldn’t believe how many people were taking part and it gets a bit scary in there with so many people pushing and shoving. But I’d definitely like to do it again next year.”
* For full story see this week’s Epworth Bells, out Thursday January 9.