Wigan Sends A Pie In To Space

Posted on December 10th, 2016.

Pie In Space

To Boldly Go Where No Pie Has Been Before

The team behind The World Champion Pie Eating Competition at Harry’s Bar have successfully sent a meat and potato pie into the stratosphere. The pasty based staple of any Wigan resident was attached to a weather balloon to capture this amazing footage at about 11:30 GMT ahead of the World Pie Eating Championship next week.

The aim was to see if its journey up to 100,000ft (30km) changes the molecular structure of the pie making it quicker to eat. It is believed this is the first pie to be launched into the stratosphere.

Space enthusiasts from Sheffield-based SentIntoSpace attached a camera and tracking equipment to the weather balloon and will analyse the data and edit video of its journey.

Ultimate Purveyors

Ultimate Purveyors from St Helens, were commissioned to make the pie.

“This is the first step to enable mankind to consume pies with more elegance and comfort.”

“Neither the sky, nor the pie, should be the limit.”

Bill Kenyon

The World Pie Eating Championships was held at Harry’s Bar, Wallgate Wigan, on 20th December 2016.

Pie In The Sky Media Coverage

Here’s what the media had to say about the mission:


BBC

The pioneering delicacy was launched from Roby Mill, Wigan, at about 11:30 GMT ahead of the World Pie Eating Championship next week.

The aim is to see if its journey up to 100,000ft (30km) changes the molecular structure of the pie making it quicker to eat.

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The Guardian

Pastry-mad town gears up for world championships with attempt to send its favourite snack into orbit

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Sky News

The humble comestible was attached to a weather balloon by a team from Sent Into Space – and sent on an upward journey reaching about 100,000 feet.

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Metro

If you walked past the Fifteens at The Fox pub in Roby Mill, Wigan at around 10.30am on December 15, you may have seen a group of men in white lab coats stood in the car park, watching a pie sail into space.

Read the full article on The Metro >