Jarpers set to get cracking

2010 Egg Jarping World Champion Dave Young.
2010 Egg Jarping World Champion Dave Young.

A WACKY annual Easter competition will return this year after a break.

The 30th annual World Egg Jarping Championships will be held on Easter Sunday.

It will take place at The Hearts of Oak pub, in Oakerside Drive, Peterlee, for the first time.

The championships had to be cancelled last year after the competition’s previous venue, Peterlee Cricket and Social Club, was forced to close after being hit by fire in August 2010.

Bosses at The Hearts of Oak stepped in and will provide the venue for this year’s event, which has previously attracted people from as far as Brighton on the south coast.

The competition has also moved from its traditional Easter Monday slot to Easter Sunday.

Organiser Roy Simpson said he hoped to attract 64 competitors in the event, which would be an ideal number for the competition that involves entrants “jarping” and “dunshing” each other’s eggs. The winner of the competition will receive a trophy and a certificate.

Mr Simpson said he could not believe the competition was in its 30th year.

He said: “We were cracking eggs when the Falklands War began. I think the secret to it lasting so long is that it’s a long North-East tradition and people like to be part of tradition.

“We are very community-minded and it wouldn’t feel like Easter without the Egg Jarping Championships.”

The 2010 winner was Dave Young, from Peterlee, who beat off 15 other entrants to take the title from the previous year’s winner, grandmother-of-seven Ann Watson.

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.

The competition rules, drawn up during the contest’s inaugural meeting at the club in 1982, stipulate that “the competition eggs will be boiled in the same container on the evening of Easter Sunday”.

Registration for the event starts at 3pm, followed by the competition at 4pm.