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COLYTON:Phil munches down 80 feet of nettles to break world record

Thursday, 03 July 2014

COLYTON resident Phil Thorne has broken the world record for nettle eating. Mr Thorne, a 48-year-old chef for Waitrose in Sidmouth, pictured right with his trophy, took part in the annual nettle eating contest at the Bottle Inn in Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, coming out as overall winner after munching his way through an impressive 80 feet of the plant in an hour. Mr Thorne, a first time entrant of the comeptition, beat the existing world record of 76 feet, set by Simon Slee at the contest 13 years ago. Claire Brown, 23, a teacher from Chard, Somerset, won for the ladies by eating 46 feet of nettles. Nigel Blake, landlord at The Bottle Inn, said: “It was a very good day with a big turnout and a total of 40 contestants entering including four ladies. “It was probably the best nettle eating competition we have had since taking over the leasehold.” To coincide with the nettle eating competition, there was live music and entertainment and the pub also held a three day real ale and cider festival featuring local breweries across Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

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