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English Heritage launches fun food competition

A meat pie and a pile of mushy peas have inspired a fun competition from English Heritage, where it is asking the public to recreate some of its most iconic Yorkshire sites out of food and post them on Facebook and Twitter.

The idea of the competition came about when historian Julian Humphrys was visiting York to record a series of podcasts about the views from the top of Clifford’s Tower. As he settled down for lunch at a local cafe he noticed how similar his pie and peas was to the pie-shaped Clifford’s Tower and the grassed Norman mound on which it stands.

“I wondered how many other sites you could create with the ingredients of an everyday meal – perhaps constructing Stonehenge from fish fingers or Hadrian’s Wall out of meatloaf!” he explains.

English Heritage has now thrown down the gauntlet for members of the public to recreate some of Yorkshire’s most iconic ruins out of foods. Some of the more challenging sites include Rievaulx Abbey, the gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, or the keep at Scarborough Castle.

Family passes to English Heritage sites in the North will be handed out to entries of particular merit. Entries on Facebook should be tagged #Yorkshire Whats-On, or on Twitter with #ehyevents

ENDS

Pictures show:
Julian Humphrys with his Clifford’s Pie (and peas) and Clifford’s Tower in York

For further media information, please contact:

Jay Commins
PRO – English Heritage (Yorkshire)
Tel: 0113 251 5698
Mob: 07810 546567
Email: jay@fim.org.uk

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