Who made all the pies?

This year's winner of The Leeds Arms annual pork pie competition Steve Parker with Scarborough's mayor Helen Mallory. Picture by Neil Silk  124956g.
This year's winner of The Leeds Arms annual pork pie competition Steve Parker with Scarborough's mayor Helen Mallory. Picture by Neil Silk 124956g.
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The Leeds Arms in Scarborough was the place to find perfect pastry today as the Old Town pub staged its ever-popular pork pie competition.

Scarborough mayor Helen Mallory, BBC Radio York’s Fay Yeomans and local butchers David Horsley, Mark Nockels and Ken Jennings judged the 21 creations on appearance, taste and texture.

Landlord Michael Sheader, himself a former winner of the competition, said: “It has been as busy as ever this year. It’s the 21st year and everyone seems to have got right into the spirit of it. It’s a tradition we intend to continue.”

The winning effort was cooked up by Scarborough lifeboat station’s operations manager Steve Parker, who took home the trophy for a third time.

Mr Parker, 59, of Castle Gardens, said: “I’m ecstatic that I have won. I just make the one pie each year and I have my own special recipe.

“It has been very competitive leading up to the event - it’s all this male testosterone. I will enter again next year. After winning it I have to come back.”

However, the newly-crowned king of the crust refused to divulge his recipe for success.

“I’m afraid it’s top secret,” he said.

“We are all just pleased to be able to support the Leeds Arms and we would like to thank Mick and Shirley for all the time and effort that they put into organising such a big event.”

After the judging is completed pub-goers are invited to pay £1 each for a plate of pie. All the money goes to the Fishermen and Firemen’s fund.

The competition started when two customers bought pork pies from local shops to see which one was best. Regulars decided they could make better ones themselves and the contest was born.