He’s the World’s Biggest Liar – and proud of it!

By Rachael Grealish

A bizarre tale about a journey to an underwater hotel with Donald Trump has thrust a Maryport man to fame – again.

WORLD CHAMP: The Worlds Biggest Liar George Kemp being presented an impressive trophy by Copeland chair Peter Tyson -photo by Robert Haile

WORLD CHAMP: The Worlds Biggest Liar George Kemp being presented an impressive trophy by Copeland chair Peter Tyson -photo by Robert Haile


Fib-telling George Kemp said he was ‘absolutely over the moon’ yesterday – after earning first place in the annual World’s Biggest Liar competition.

It is the fourth time Kemp, 60, from Maryport, has won the unbelievable competition that takes place at the Bridge Inn, in Santon Bridge, each year.

Kemp told the story of journeying to the White Elephant, an underwater hotel off the coast of St Bees with Alex the Salmon, Nicola the Sturgeon in his bubble-car submarine – the ‘bubmarine’.

Of course, the journey ended with the group bumping into President-elect Donald Trump who commissioned him to make ten bubmarines for the US.

Kemp said: “I am absolutely over the moon – I only came up with the story yesterday and I just included the Donald Trump part due to him being in the news a lot lately.

“I really struggled, to be fair, but I’m over the moon to have won.”

The event drew in people from all over the world – as far as Australia – to partake in or simply enjoy an evening of muck-spreading and fibbing.

For the ten participants the aim of the competition is for telling the most convincing lie without scripts or props.

‘Monkey Liar’ aka Mike Naylor, who took first place in 2015, came second this year carrying on his tale about the discovery of his royal ancestry and in third place was Helen Jordan.

Jordan, who only entered on the night, told the audience of her dating mishaps following her divorce and becoming a born-again virgin.

Jordan said: “I’m thrilled to have won, especially since I hadn’t planned on entering – I only, originally, came to support Mike [Naylor] – but I’ll definitely be back next year, though, I might not plan anything, because I didn’t plan it this year and I won, I might not win again if I plan it!”

TOP LIARS: 2nd place winner, Mike Naylor, 3rd place Helen Jordan and the World's Biggest Liar 2016 George Kemp -photo by Robert Haile

TOP LIARS: 2nd place winner, Mike Naylor, 3rd place Helen Jordan and the World’s Biggest Liar 2016 George Kemp -photo by Robert Haile

Kemp took the title, the impressive trophy, an assortment of Jennings beer, a cap, polo-shit and even a tie– after a show-stopping performance at the event, which is sponsored by Cockermouth brewery Jennings and run in conjunction with Copeland Council.

He also donated his winnings to the Copeland chair’s chosen charity: Hospice at Home West Cumbria – following this he sent his trophy around the room to be filled with donations, which came to the sum of £126 for the charity.

World’s Biggest Liar is held in memory of Will Ritson (1808-1890), former pub landlord of the Wasdale Head Inn, well known for his “tall tales”.

One of Ritson’s most famous fibs was that turnips grew so large in the Lake District that people carved them out to make cow sheds.

It was also once said that a Bishop of Carlisle once won the title with with the shortest-ever speech; he simply said: “I have never told a lie in my life.”

In 2006 former British Bake-off host and comedienne Sue Perkins became the first ever woman to win the competition.

In her typical deadpan humour she told a story about how the Ozone Layer was really destroyed.