EAST Durham has its youngest world champion in a unique competition.
Holly Lightowler, 13, won the World Egg Jarping Championships which has been held in Peterlee for 32 years.
The teenager, from Thornley, is the youngest competitor to win the competition, which was held at the Hearts of Oak pub.
Competition referee Roy Simpson, 71, has been involved in organising the event since 1982.
He said: “She’s the youngest and she had wonderful jarping skills.”
Roy added: “The competition was intense as usual but numbers were down to just under 30, but everyone had a good time.
“Peter, the manager and the staff from the Hearts of Oak were, I’m tempted to say were eggsellent.”
Roy featured on national TV screens last year when he taught presenters Rory McGrath and Will Mellor how to jarp as part of Channel 5’s Champions of the World programme.
He also featured on the Richard & Judy afternoon chat show, when he taught ex-Arsenal and England footballer Ian Wright and singer Meatloaf how to crack the sport.
The game is similar to conkers, but players use their eggs to “jarp” each other out of the competition by trying to smash opponents’ eggs with the ends of each one.