Baldock pub marks July 4 with all-American mac ‘n’ cheese-eating contest for charity

Rebecca Ling and Samantha Green enjoy the eating contest. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Rebecca Ling and Samantha Green enjoy the eating contest. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Pub patrons in Baldock celebrated American independence on Tuesday evening – July 4 – with a charity mac ‘n’ cheese-eating contest.

Clint Henderson enjoys the eating competition. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Clint Henderson enjoys the eating competition. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

With customers at the Old White Horse in Station Road encouraged to “celebrate in the true American way – with a massive pile of food”, donations and a raffle raised a handy sum for Letchworth-based Garden House Hospice Care.

Many attempted the challenge of eating four pounds of mac ‘n’ cheese with lashings of bacon within 30 minutes, but in four hours only one hungry punter succeeded – Dale Barker smashed the challenge in just 15 minutes and 38 seconds.

Dale Barker on his way to conquering the mac 'n' cheese challenge. Picture: Sam Adams

Dale Barker on his way to conquering the mac 'n' cheese challenge. Picture: Sam Adams - Credit: Archant

Having truly exhibited the spirit of 1776 with his eating prowess, Dale – who works at the White Hart pub in Hitchin Street – won a special T-shirt celebrating his achievement.

Old White Horse manager George King told the Comet afterwards: “It went really well – a bit better than I thought it would, to be honest.

Leah Armstrong enjoyys the eating contest. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Leah Armstrong enjoyys the eating contest. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

“I was expecting to only get a lot of burly blokes entering, so it was good to see girls having a go too. It was great to see everyone having a laugh and sharing tactics and advice.

“We’re still totting it up, but we think we’ve raised about £100 for the hospice – which is great.”

To find out more about special events at the pub see oldwhitehorse.co.uk and facebook.com/oldwhitehorse.

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