WATCH: Cracking time for egg-jarpers as World Championships held in Peterlee

Jarpers had a cracking time as an age-old Easter tradition was upheld.

An egg-cellent performance by Glyn Davies saw him crowned the winner of the 34th World Egg-Jarping Championship in Peterlee yesterday.

From left to right, adjudicator Roy Simpson, winner Glyn Davies and organiser Peter Webster.

From left to right, adjudicator Roy Simpson, winner Glyn Davies and organiser Peter Webster.

The contest, held at The Hearts of Oak, on Oakerside Drive, attracted almost 50 entrants as locals vied for the chance to become world champion.

In the competition, competitors were pitted against each other in a round-robin format.

Egg jarping is a competition to see whose boiled egg is the hardest, with two people tapping their eggs together until one cracks.

The championship has been held in Peterlee for over 30 years, although it changed venue to the Hearts of Oak five years ago following a fire at Peterlee Cricket Club, the former venue.

It’s always a lot of fun, but to raise money for good causes as well just makes it that bit more worthwhile

Peter Webster

Glyn won his prize of an egg-shaped trophy and certificate after seeing off all of his challengers, including Davina Bates, who he defeated in the final.

Peter Webster, who owns the Hearts of Oak with wife Tracey, organised the event on the day, while Roy Simpson – the secretary of the cricket club – was the adjudicator.

Mr Webster said: “It went really well. It’s the most number of entries we’ve had since it has been held here, which shows how popular it is. We’ve hosted it for the last five years, and it’s brilliant. We also make a lot of money for Macmillan Cancer Support through the raffles we do on the day, and this year we raised £244.

“It’s always a lot of fun, but to raise money for good causes as well just makes it that bit more worthwhile.”

Contestants concentrate as the World Egg-Jarping Championship reaches a crucial stage.

Contestants concentrate as the World Egg-Jarping Championship reaches a crucial stage.

Eggs for the competition are provided for the entrants, who select an egg from a trayful prepared in advance.

Since 2012, the event has been held on Easter Sunday, and before that it had been on Easter Monday.

Glyn Davies holds the trophy aloft after being crowned the world champion.

Glyn Davies holds the trophy aloft after being crowned the world champion.