Fifty teams descended on Kent last week for the 43rd annual world custard pie championships.

The contest tests only the throwing of pies, rather than their construction, and organisers were strangely keen to stress that the pies do not contain real custard perhaps worrying that such gratuitous food waste could leave them with egg (custard) on their faces in our new era of austerity. And apparently real custard can "ricochet" dangerously.

Richard Hearn of Tovil devised the "secret recipe".