It was all smiles at the Carpenter’s Arms, Westwoodside, this evening when they took back possession of the prized hood after a nearly three hour marathon.
Up to 200 people fought it out at the start, but by 5.45pm, as the drizzle descended, it was back in the hands of the Carpenter’s Arms, who were last victors in 2011.
New Chief Boggin Phil Palmer said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. It’s been a massive honour. It is something that you dream of. It has been a really special moment for me and everybody has been really supportive.
“I had a massive smile on my face to say: ‘I’ve done it.”
Estate agent Jo Youll, who was there with her partner Mark Irvine, who was pushing for Haxey, thought it had been a foregone conclusion from the start. She said: “I thought from the very first push, you could see where it was going - down the hill to Westwoodside.
“They were obviously trying for Haxey - but there were just too many people for Westwoodside.”
The contest has been staged in the Isle every year since at least 1359.
Tradition has it that Lady de Mowbray donated 13 acres for the competition after 13 farmhands pursued her silk hood which had blown away in the wind when she was riding on the hill that separates Haxey from Westwoodside.
The leather cylinder will now hang proudly in place above the bar until New Year’s Eve.