Don’t pull that face at me! World gurning championships take place with more not so pretty faces

Talk about an ugly mug! But these people aren’t normally ugly – it’s only the World Gurning Championships that turn these relatively normal people into gurners.

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Contestants pulling their best gurn

The championship annually attracts about 50 contestants in three sectors – men’s, women’s and even children’s!

The wannabe gurners all sign up on the day, so if you’re around Cumbria, and want to look not so pretty for the cameras, just turn up and compete.

Brenda Hoey (L) and Gordon Blacklock (R)

Brenda Hoey (L) and Gordon Blacklock (R)

All the competitors have to do, is put their head through a horse collar and pull an ugly face, but you must turn your lips up – otherwise you’re just not gurning enough.

All that has to be done for a good gurn is ‘snarl like a dog, look savage and distort your facial expression pulling a rather grotesque face’ – so anything that isn’t your normal face.

Gordon Blacklock (L) and Alan (Happy) Hornell (R)

Gordon Blacklock (L) and Alan (Happy) Hornell (R)

The event is part of the Egremont Crab Fair, which became recognised in the 19th century, and features other events for all the family to attend.

Adrian (L) who came third and formed champ Tommy Mattinson, who came second this year

Adrian (L) who came third and formed champ Tommy Mattinson, who came second this year

Some competitors however do take it very seriously, with mentions of world records, and some winners even winning the championship for an impressive 14 years.