A MAN has won a £100 prize after taking the title in Sussex's first ever Christmas tree throwing competition.

A number of contestants took part in the inaugural event at Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm near Battle.

They competed to throw a six-foot Norway spruce tree as far as possible - trying to beat the current world record of 12-metres.

Competitors had three attempts to throw the tree as far as they could as a crowd of 50 watched on.

Dave Elias, who entered the competition at the last minute, managed to throw a tree nine metres to take the cash prize.

Dave, a former strongman athlete from St Leonards, said he will be training for next year's contest so he can get closer to the world record and retain his title.

He beat Harry Fisher from Brighton, who threw the tree eight metres, winning a potted tree as a runner-up prize.

Children also took part for fun using a smaller tree.

Clive Collins, founder of the Christmas tree farm, said: "Christmas tree throwing is a tradition in other countries but, as far as we know, there has never been a competition in Sussex.

"We thought it would be a bit of fun to hold one on our farm and would help people to get into the Christmas spirit. It was great fun and every competitive.

"We will definitely be holding a throwing event next year as we had some great feedback and we'll probably introduce a children's category as the kids loved taking part."

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm has been operating for over 30 years with the aim of providing the best-quality trees in the county.

Based on lumberjack traditions, Christmas tree throwing is very popular in the countries of Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

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