Cracker of an event as top actor tries his hand at dock pudding

A FAMOUS face cooked up a cracker at this year's dock pudding contest, held in a village in West Yorkshire.

Actor Robbie Coltrane is not usually famed for his culinary skills, but the Cracker and Harry Potter star delighted onlookers by creating his own version of the traditional dish made from dock leaves at the event in Mytholmroyd.

His pudding was judged to be better than four previous world champions' efforts, but he was pipped to first place by first- time entry Darren Kaye at the event on Sunday in Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Contest organiser Cecelia Mansfield was thrilled to have such a famous name taking part.

She said: "I think it has been brilliant for Mytholmroyd to get so much more coverage. It certainly brought more people in even though we did try to keep it quiet.

"I am surprised with this year's winner because he was up against four world champions. it was very tough competition to win."

Winner Mr Kaye made his own batch of the traditional breakfast using dock leaves, nettles, onion, bacon and oatmeal.

He said: "I have never made this before but a friend of mine taught me what to do and suggested I give it a go.

"I think it great to be world champion at something, I hadn't really thought about winning I just thought that I would give it my best.

"Dock pudding actually makes a great breakfast and I think it will be good for the children because it is full of greens.

"I'm definitely going to be making it again and will be competing next year to retain my title."

Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band played as the contestants prepared their dishes to one of the biggest crowds the centre has seen in the competition's history.

Last year's world champion Doris Hirst from Cragg Vale, was more than happy to give away the cup.

She said: "It's nice to see someone new win the title.

"I just came here today to take part and enjoy the day.

"I felt honoured to meet Robbie Coltrane, though, because he is a top celebrity."