Family win the World Worm Charming Championships!

Published Thursday, Jul 10 2014, 20:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
This has to be the most bizarre claim to fame anyone has ever had!

A family of four, the Bowdens, have won the World Worm Charming Championships!

The Bowdens have won the World Worm Charming Championships

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They defeated 144 teams in the annual competition, charming 394 worms from the ground in just half an hour.

Held in Nantwich, Cheshire, the event has been running since 1980 and sees teams from as far away as Australia coming to compete.

Dad Andy, along with son Dale, 20, and nine-year-old daughter Georgia, took part after Andy competed last year and wanted to get his children involved.

The father-of-two told the Lancashire Evening Post: "It's a hoot. The noise is something else as people stamp and clap and use all sorts of musical instruments to get the worms out."

Each team is given a plot and 30 minutes to get the worms out of the ground. Spurred on by wife and mother Jayne, the team from Tarleton, Lancashire, used a pitchfork to dig into the ground to entice the wriggly creatures out.

They're planning to return to the wacky sporting event next year to defend their title. What charmers!

By Hannah Wood

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