Mayor of Bakewell Paul Morgans has thrown a big pie in the face of health and safety gone mad after finding an insurer for his Mr Darcy Custard Pie Fight.
After the Mercury broke the story last week, Paul’s dilemma made it into the national headlines and he was soon “inundated with calls” from insurers across the country willing to help out.
As a result, Paul has now got the London Olympic Games 2012 insurer on board to cover the event.
Paul said: “Considering we couldn’t get insurance because pie fighting is classed as a sporting event, it is with an extra-sweet sense of irony that we celebrate now.”
All that’s left now is for Derbyshire Dales District Council to give their seal of approval for the fight to be held on the Bakewell Recreational Ground. However, this is basically a “dead cert” said Paul.
The planned custard scrap on June 9 was named the ‘Mr Darcy Pie Fight’ in tribute to Jane Austen, who penned part of Pride and Prejudice in Bakewell’s Rutland Arms Hotel.
Teams are tasked with protecting their own ‘Mr Darcy’ and the winner is whoever is last to be splattered with pie.
Paul said: “If you’ve never thrown a pie in somebody’s face and had one thrown in your face – then you’re missing out!
“Janet and I have been experimenting with some of the pies this week and it is just so much fun. The world really would be a better place with more custard pie fights.”
The Bakewell Baking Festival will comprise of three main theatre venues in the Coop car Park, the town Hall and the Medway Centre and will be hosted on June 8-9.
There will be more than 40 events taking place over the two days from a non-ticketed Vintage and Baking Market in the town to demonstrations with star bakers Stacie Stewart and Edd Kimber.
Paul is currently looking for brave pie-fighters to sign up for the weekend’s climax, though.
If you think you’ve got what it takes visit www.bakewellbakingfestival.co.uk.