Pie fight too risky to be insured

INSURANCE difficulties have scuppered a planned custard pie fight – in the Peak District town of Bakewell.

The event was due to mark the end of the first Bakewell Baking Festival, held in the Derbyshire town that is the home of the famous Bakewell puddings.

However mayor Paul Morgans has been unable to find an insurer to cover the event because it is “too dangerous”.

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He said: “I have rung round dozens of insurance companies, none of which will cover this event as it is classed as a sport.

“But really, how can a paper plate and some custard foam be more dangerous than horse riding or rugby or even crossing the road?

“These insurance companies are really damaging our country and taking all the pleasure out of being alive.

“I’m surprised there isn’t rioting in the streets. It’s ridiculous.”

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Bakewell is famous for its sweet treats, including the cherry-topped tart and the Bakewell pudding, a flan stuffed with egg and almonds.

The planned custard fight on Sunday June 9 was named the “Mr Darcy Pie Fight” in tribute to Jane Austen, who wrote Pride and Prejudice in the town.

Organisers have even taken to Facebook to appeal for help in getting the event insured.

They wrote: “Who would have thought that a paper plate and some custard foam could be so hazardous?”