THE age old tradition of egg jarping is coming to Hartlepool this Easter - and the idea is already proving to be a cracking one.
And supporters of Hartlepool United could get in on the act of a brand new town jarping tournament.
There is no prize at the end of it as it is a bit of fun but there will be a designated champion jarper. And hopefully the champion egg will be kept for next year.Tom Smith
A contest will be held in the supporters’ club Corner Flag at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park on Easter Monday and lifelong Pools fan Tom Smith is organising it.
It will be held from 1.50pm before the game with 12 supporters already lined up to test their jarping skills but more are welcome.
Tom, from Hart Station and originally from the colliery villages, said: “It’s a bit of frivolity and we have been talking about doing it for weeks and weeks now.
“The idea was to brighten up the mood which has not been too great until recent weeks.”
Jarpers will be expected to abide by a series of rules during the tournament.
Jarping involves one player holding their egg firmly in their hand with the pointed end facing upwards.
The second player – the jarper – brings their egg down on their opponent’s and the one which does not break is the winner.
But there are other rules as well to prevent foul play.
Officials must scrutinise the eggs in advance to make sure they are properly hard-boiled and not some other alternative (such as artificial ones or even raw eggs used by some pranksters).
Also, the jarper must hold their egg a maximum of 12 inches above their rival before bringing it down on their opponent’s egg.
And the receiver must keep their egg steady on a table top while their receive their opponent’s jarp.
The winner at the end of the tournament is the person whose egg remains intact.
Tom added: “There is no prize at the end of it as it is a bit of fun but there will be a designated champion jarper. And hopefully the champion egg will be kept for next year.
“This used to be a popular competition in the collieries and we thought we would introduce it here.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the tournament can just turn up on the day.