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Bitter-sweet victory for corn champ Scott

Corn-on-the-cob-consuming contestants have failed to break the sweetcorn eating world record despite their "valiant efforts" in the UK championships.

Tucking into a corn-on-the-cob Credit: ITV News

Scott Powell, 28, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, was crowned corn-eating champion after finishing 10 cobs in 12 minutes at the event at York Maze.

But he could not beat the world record of 46 ears of corn set by American Jammin' Joe LaRue in 2010.

"I'm delighted to win but after that I don't think I'll be eating corn-on-the-cob for a while.

"To be honest I prefer sweetcorn, I find corn on the cob gets stuck in your teeth. However I may well enter again next year."

– Scott Powell, corn-on-the-cob eating champ

"We saw some impressive corn action with a variety of techniques on display.

"However, despite some valiant efforts, it appears there was no danger of the world record being broken. American Jammin' Joe LaRue's record of 46 ears of corn set in 2010 still stands."

– Tom Pearcy, owner of York Maze



Peregrine to solve penguins' pigeon problem

Two birds of prey are being drafted in to help the penguins at the Deep, in Hull with a bird problem.

The penguins at the Deep have been struggling with a pigeon problem Credit: Press Association

Flocks of pigeons have taken a liking to the penguins' outside balcony and are unsettling them, meaning they can no longer go outside.

Staff hope that Barry, a 5-year-old Peregrine Falcon, and Rik, an 18-month-old Harris Hawk will keep the nuisance birds away.

Did famous Hull aviator visit Scarborough?

Amy Johnson visits Scarborough? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

A Scarborough coffee shop owner is investigating whether famous Hull aviator Amy Johnson made a flying visit to Scarborough in the 1930s. Jack Siddons, co-owner of the Greensmith and Thackwray coffee shop, was given an old black and white photo by a descendent of the original owners of the shop, back when it was called 'Indian Colonial Outfitters'.

It shows a woman who appears to be wearing a flying helmet in the centre of crowds near Greensmith and Thackwray.

The famous aviator? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

"Janet told us that she believes the woman is Amy Johnson, and judging by other pictures we’ve found online, it certainly looks like her.

But we can find no reference to her ever visiting Scarborough, although it looks as though she really drew the crowds! We’d love to know for certain if it is her and, if so, when and why she was here.”

– Jack Siddons, Greensmith and Thackwray

Hull-born Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English aviator who set many long-distance records during the 1930s. Her death has been the subject of much speculation, but the most likely explanation is that she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary after, it’s believed, running out of fuel. Her body was never recovered.

Gough pedals 300 miles for cricket charity

Former Yorkshire and England pace bowler Darren Gough is taking part in a 300 mile bike ride to raise more than £200,000 for charity.

Gough and his fellow cyclists are pedalling between all five 2005 Ashes venues to mark the 10th anniversary of England's famous 2-1 series win against Australia. The ride started yesterday at Old Trafford, and is taking in Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Lord's, before finishing at the Oval on Wednesday.

The target is to raise £200,000 for charity. 50% of the money will go to the Lord's Taverners, the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. The rest of the money will go to local charities nominated by the individual cyclists.

When the team arrived at Edgbaston, Gough spoke to ITV about the cycle ride, and England's victory in the first Test of the current Ashes series at Cardiff.

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