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Record-breaking bird eater

IT may not have been everyone's choice of bird on the dining table at this time of year.

But a 33-year-old oil-rig worker has become Scotland's latest world champion at eating pickled baby gannets.

Peter Macritchie took just three minutes 44 seconds to demolish half a guga - as the delicacy is known - and a stipulated 400 grammes of potatoes.

Mr Macritchie, who lives in Glasgow, was just one second ahead of Willie Macritchie - no relation - from Ness in the north of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, where the first World Guga Eating Championships were held at the weekend.

Eight competitors - including one woman, Amelia Macdonald - contested the strangest of world championships.

The guga - known also for their overpowering odour during cooking - were boiled in a local woman's home before being brought to Ness FC Social Club, so as not to leave its distinctive smell lingering in the building.

"I never thought I would become a world champion at anything," admitted offshore worker Mr Macritchie, who was born in Ness.

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