We ate all the pies!

Swindon Advertiser: Samaritans at Sainsburys Bridgemead attempting to break the world record time for eating three mince pies. Above, Anne Ferguson. Pictures: Alex Skennerton Buy this photo » Samaritans at Sainsburys Bridgemead attempting to break the world record time for eating three mince pies. Above, Anne Ferguson. Pictures: Alex Skennerton

MOST people would struggle to a eat one mince pie in 18 seconds but shoppers in Swindon were being challenged to do that three times in a row.

It was a hard challenge to tackle – devouring three mince pies in 54 seconds – but volunteers at the Samaritans were asking residents on Saturday at Sainsbury’s in Bridgemead to attempt to beat the World Guinness Book of Records winner Robert Edward Lee from Australia.

The charity decided it would be a good way to raise awareness and funds for their organisation, which offers emotional support to those in crisis.

The rules stipulated that each mince pie had to measure at least two and half inches.

Grandmother Diana Greenwood, 55, of Malborough was the first person to attempt the mission.

She managed to finish the Christmas treats off in two minutes 29 seconds.

She said: “It was hard. It was disgusting – I do normally love mince pies but they were quite tough.”

She said only time would tell to see if she could still stomach the pies again on Christmas day.

Anne Ferguson, 40, of Old Town, also took on the challenge. She managed to finish hers off in an impressive one minute 42 seconds.

“It was awful, they are quite dry and you can’t have a drink in between.” said Anne.

While the record breaking attempts were going on, a team of Samaritans volunteers donned Santa outfits to collect funds for the charity outside the store.

“It is a wonderful cause,” said Anne. “It provides 24 hour support for people who need it and I’m happy to help fundraise for them.”

l If there is something troubling you, Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 08457 90 90 90.

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8:01am Mon 23 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Arent too many people fat already? How stupid is that, but I am sure that some will disagree as they reach for their diabetes medicine.
Arent too many people fat already? How stupid is that, but I am sure that some will disagree as they reach for their diabetes medicine. house on the hill

12:32pm Mon 23 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

House I was thinking exactly the same thing. I always think it when I see the 'challenges' pubs like Flaming Grills do. 24lb of meat plus all the bits for just a tenner. Gross in more ways than one.
House I was thinking exactly the same thing. I always think it when I see the 'challenges' pubs like Flaming Grills do. 24lb of meat plus all the bits for just a tenner. Gross in more ways than one. RichardR1

3:38pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Lips1964 says...

Lighten up you pair of muppets !
It's Christmas - it's a challenge of 3 mince pies that's all !

Bet it going to be a jolly old place at your houses at Christmas
Lighten up you pair of muppets ! It's Christmas - it's a challenge of 3 mince pies that's all ! Bet it going to be a jolly old place at your houses at Christmas Lips1964

12:24pm Tue 24 Dec 13

toothillman says...

thank you to the Samaritans for hosting the event we as Sainsbury's bridgemead are very proud of the Samaritan's who are charity of the year for this year
thank you to the Samaritans for hosting the event we as Sainsbury's bridgemead are very proud of the Samaritan's who are charity of the year for this year toothillman

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