How far can you throw your knob?

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Dorset knob throwing contest attracts thousands

The savoury biscuits must be thrown underarm and one of the competitor’s feet must remain on the ground

More than 5,000 people have attended a “knob throwing” competition in Dorset.

The Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival event in Cattistock involves participants tossing the locally made, spherical biscuit as far as they can.

The longest throw was by Dave Morrison, who tossed his knob 21.8m (71ft).

Organiser Nigel Collins thought up the idea after seeing a Yorkshire pudding throwing contest at a Yorkshire food festival.

‘Very rural’

He said: “We used to throw knobs occasionally as a child because they’re the size of a golf ball, so the whole thing gelled from there.

“Most of the contest is taken in good heart and there is no food wastage. Everything that is left over – even the broken bits on the ground – goes to feed local chickens.

“We needed funding for the playing fields, village hall, cricket club, and football club. We’re a very small village, very rural, and we needed a unique event to get people here.”

The savoury biscuits, made by the Moores family since 1880, have to be thrown underarm and one of the competitor’s feet must remain on the ground during the toss in order for it to count. The best of three is measured and recorded.

The winner receives their winning biscuit and a plaque, while their name is added to a board in the village hall.

The record is still held by Dave Phillips with a throw of 29.4m (96ft) in 2012.

Other events included a knob eating contest, knob darts, knob weighing, and knob painting.


Shades of Jurassic Park

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David Attenborough backs £85m Jurassic coast theme park

Former quarry in Dorset lined up as site for Jurassica project showcasing prehistory of England’s south coast

The proposed site is within the 95-mile long Jurassic coast, a world heritage site because of its geological importance. Photograph: Graeme Robertson

An ambitious project to showcase the prehistory of the south coast of England, famous for its marine fossils from ammonites to giant sea reptiles, has attracted support from David Attenborough and Eden Project founder Tim Smit.

A former quarry on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, is being investigated as the site for the £85m Jurassica park for which the designer of the Shard building in London, Renzo Piano, has provided preliminary sketches of a domed glass and steel roof, according to the journalist behind the idea.

The site is within the 95-mile long Jurassic coast,a world heritage site because of its importance in understanding geological periods from 250m to 65m years ago.

Michael Hanlon, a science journalist, has made presentations to scientific leaders and businesses in a bid to raise interest and money for the project. For Hanlon, who was born and grew up in Dorset, “the heritage is really of the extraordinary marine fauna. It is the place where you can say science really began, where we suddenly realised we were living on a really old planet that used to be very different from what it is now.”

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