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Traditional Yard of Ale drinking contest banned because of safety fears

People in the town of Lyme Regis, Dorset, gather every summer to see who can down a yard glass of beer in the quickest time. The competition is part of a series of events held during Lifeboat Week

The Yard of Ale contest in Lyme Regis has been cancelled (Stock photo)

A traditional yard of ale drinking contest has been cancelled due to safety fears.

People in the town of Lyme Regis, Dorset, gather outside the Cobb Arms pub every summer to see who can down a yard glass of beer in the quickest time.

The competition is part of a series of events held during Lifeboat Week, which raises funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The charity, however, has decided to cancel the contest saying it sent out the wrong message about drinking large quantities of alcohol near the water, Hull Live reports.

The RNLI also mentioned health and safety concerns as many people gather in the road during the event.



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Gary Valentine, the landlord of the Cobb Arms, said: “This is the first I’ve heard about it being cancelled. The yard of ale contest is part of Lifeboat Week and is one of the highlights.

“It attracts a huge crowd and we have never had any trouble or problems before. Everyone stands outside to watch, half the road is closed for it.

“There’s not many people that actually manage to drink the whole yard of ale anyway, the majority spill half of it down their shirts.



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“It’s a real shame. It has been going for at least ten years and this year’s was hugely popular. I can’t see the logic behind it. It’s sad they’ve come to that decision.”

Chris Higgs, the reigning yard of ale champion who drank his yard in 9.5 seconds, said: “Such a shame about the news of losing the last true lifeboat week event. I am proud to say I’m multiple-time and reigning champion.

“It was so great this year to see so many new faces having a go and such a great atmosphere.







“Let’s hope this isn’t the end of another great Lyme tradition.”

This year, Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week took place from July 24 to July 31.

The event included the Yard of Ale competition, a swimming challenge, a fire brigade display and also a bath tub race.


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