The unbeliever may think they are telling porkies, or that they are merely crusty old eccentrics but the gourmands
of Ripponden will stop at nothing in their quest for perfection.
At the weekend the Bridge inn Pork Pie Appreciation Society unveiled a speciallycommissioned plaque at Its
weekly meeting place, the corner of the Bridge Inn, Ripponden.
The plaque shows the River Ryburn, which runs alongside the pub and bears the initials of the 14 club members.
They meet each week at the pub to sample pork pies from all over Britain and pass Judgement on them in a
tradition founded on hunger pangs experienced one fateful day in 1984.
The club was started by five friends who met for a workout and sauna, each Saturday and retired to the
Bridge Inn to eat pies.
Pies are produced with a flourish and each member attempts to search out new sources, ensuring they
are freshly-baked and fit for Inspection.
After eating them each member delivers his verdict and marks out of 10 which are entered in a huge
red minutes book by Mr John Denton.
He also makes a note of key world events that day. One entry informs the reader that on one day Soviet
president Mikhall Gorbachev was coming under pressure from rival Boris Yeltsin and Mr Peter Charnley
thought his pie lacked spice!
Pies are judged on the crispness of the pastry, well-seasoned filling and jelly and, above all,
freshness. “Some of the lads have become such connoisseurs they can tell whether the pies are from a
bakers or butchers and exactly when they were baked,” said member Mr John Edwards.
‘Anyone who stumbles across us In the pub when we are marking the pies looks at us in amazement.
You can see them nudging each other and thinking what are those crackpots doing?” said Mr Edwards.
“I suppose it is a little eccentric but Its great fun and a very convivial way of spending a couple
of hours over a few beers. It’s a great Yorkshire tradition eating pork pies.’
Although he comes from Blackburn originally, Mr Edward., of Elland Road, Ripponden, admitted
Lancastrlan pins dent begin to compare with the Yorkshire variety.
“Our president Kevin Booth has been known to hurl a Lancastrian pie into the River Ryburn in disgust.’
Members are still prepared to go outside the county however, in their quest for the perfect pie.
Mr Denton, once had pie, specially delivered by Red Star from the West Country.