The Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge will be hosting the World's Biggest Liar on Thursday 19th November.
Tickets will be available for sale from Jennings Brewery Shop in Cockermouth from Monday 9th September. Please call 01900 820362,
Tickets are £9 each and include a tattie pot supper.
Way back in the 19th Century, a famous Cumbrian called Will Ritson (1808-1890) was the popular publican who lived at the head of the Wasdale Valley in the English Lake District.
In this remote and beautiful valley, Will always kept his customers enthralled with stories of the folk heritage of this delightful area.
The valley was already well-known for having England's deepest lake (Wastwater), the highest mountain (Scafell Pike), the smallest Church (Wasdale Head Church) and Will Ritson achieved its fourth superlative when he became -
" THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LIAR"
Of course, Will was a very sincere and genuine man, who insisted that all his tales were true. Perhaps the visitors simply didn't have the level of perception with which Will was bestowed. Will claimed that the turnips in Wasdale were so big that after the dalesfolk had "quarried" into them for their Sunday lunch, they could be used as sheds for the Herdwick Sheep from the fells.
Each year, in November, a contest is held to award the title of "The Biggest Liar in the World" to the person who is worthy of following in the footsteps of "Auld Will".
The contest, held at the Bridge Inn, attracts world wide attention, and in recent years the audience has learned facts like how the Lake District was formed - not by ice or volcanic action, but by large moles and eels!