Not for the faint hearted - as city businesses discover as they ‘volunteer’ staff for the annual eve of Eel Day throwing championships
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Eve of Eel Day and city businesses enjoyed the lull before the proverbial storm by taking time out to take part in their own competition to find an eel throwing champion.
A large crowd turned up in the city centre not simply to watch but to be persuaded - mainly by friends and colleagues - to take part.
As usual it is the throwing and taking part that is vital - even though visitors did ponder what the 'eels' being hurled with vigour across the market were actually made from.
Perplexed or not those in the know recognised that no animals were injured in what turned out to be a competitive field of entrants.
Winning thrower - who was introduced simply as Stan - took the adulation of the crowd as Tracey Harding, the tourism manager, revealed the results of her adjudication.
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Eel throwing done and dusted Mayor Mike Rouse was on hand to help with the presentations and encourage visitors to stay on for the real thing the following day; which of course many did.
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