HUNDREDS of people turned out for the World Crabbing Championships which were held in Appledore on Tuesday evening. (August 20)
Holidaymakers and locals joined in alike in Appledore in the bid to be crowned crabbing world champion.
The contest is held annually along Appledore Quay and challenges the contestants to catch as many crabs as possible within an hour.
The event is part of the Instow and Appledore Regatta week which began at the weekend.
The regatta secretary Peter Reveley (corr) said it was one of the best turnouts his has seen.
He said: “I think there must be 500-600 people along the quay here. It is primarily for kids but some of the big kids among us like to join in as well.
“We had 94 teams of four so there 400 just taking part.
“The winning team Trapnell got 87 crabs so they did really well.”
Television celebrities Will Mellor and Rory McGrath attended the event last year as part of the television series.
Peter added: “I think them being here last year has actually really helped and people have asked me who was coming this year, so they were expecting it again.
“I think the weather has helped a lot as well, it has been a great regatta week so far.
People gather on Appledore Quay for the championships:
“Before the new quay was built people would catch up to 365 in the hour the contest lasts but since the new quay they don’t reach 100. Last year’s winner caught 61 crabs.”