Transcript of interview of me on BBC Radio Leeds, by Gayle Lofthouse, 07.20, Thursday 1st August

5 Aug

Below is my transcript of an interview with Gayle Lofthouse (sitting in for Richard Stead) on BBC Radio Leeds, at 07.20 Thursday 1st August.

You can listen to it for about 3 weeks if you go to

You have to register with the BBC, then I am 1 hour 24 minutes in.

I’ve taken out most of my eh, um’s and arrh’s. If I’ve cut dialogue I’ve put (cut)

Gayle had been talking about jelly babies.


Gayle: …we going hear about something that’s going to be happening at Bolling Hall a little bit later on today. The Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship get underway, I think, at 11 a.m.. So we’re going to find out a bit more about this because the man behind this is Glyn Watkins. Welcome to the show Glyn. Hello!

Glyn:  Hello Gayle… I was going to say that I hope the jelly babies cleared your palate and given you an energy boost.

Gayle: Well a lot of runners have jelly babies, don’t they? First of all: Bowling Hall, or Bowling Hall?

Glyn:  You see I’ve had arguments with the British, eh, the Bradford Antiquarian Society many years ago. I mean it’s East Bolling, if you live in Bradford… (cut)  It’s spelled Bolling Hall in East Bowling, so obviously two completely different names aren’t there?… Whatever you call East Bowling that’s what you should say the name of the Hall is; yer know. Somebody wrote it down and it’s the obsession with how it’s writ, not how it’s said

Gayle: Exactly

Glyn: Have you ever tried to write York-sha dar-lect daarn, it gits reet hard!

Gayle: (laughter)  Your absolutely right. Glyn, tell me all about the Hat Throwing Championships. When did it start, and why did it start?

Glyn: The started ten years ago, on Ilkley Moor, Bar’ tat… when I decided to do something during the Ilkley Literary Festival, when they didn’t even short list me for the roll of Poet on Residence 

Gayle: (sympathetic noises, followed by chuckling during Glyn’s next few lines).

Glyn: So I started an Uncut Fringe, and it just came into my head. So I started the Transnational Incorporated Federation of Formally thrown Hat Associations to oversee it. So T.I.F.F.T.A. is now the World Hat Throwing organisation:.. and it’s about getting hats on target; so when you threw your bobble hat at Nick he says it skimmed his head. Well, if it had stayed on his head that would, indeed… although, strictly speaking it’s a moving target, that would have counted as free hatting, which we’re we’re not running competitions for free hatting yet. It’s only on stationary targets.

Gayle: I see, Glyn, for anyone who missed that, I’ll do a little bit of my own version of hat throwing, that I did earlier this morning, so here we go:

Goes to recording

Well, good morning. Here we are at BBC Yorkshire. So we’re in the very empty Newsroom at the moment. I’m in front of a picture of a dry stone wall. A beautiful Yorkshire scene behind me. So we’re going to have a little go at Hat Throwing. So I’ve got a bobble hat. I that that… won’t hurt somebody if it hit them clean in the eye, whereas a peaked cap, a top hat, that might cause some damage. 

So I think the idea is, when you’re doing Hat Throwing, you have to aim at something. It’s got to land somewhere. So I thought I would use the producer of BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show, which is the Ginger Wizard, Nic Wilmshurst. So, hat in hand, a very, very big, fluffy bobble hat, the kind of hat you really don’t want to wear on a warm summer’s day; but it’s got quite a bit of weight behind it so I reckon I can absolutely wang it!

Are you ready Ginger Wizard?

Nick (in distance. : I am, yes!)

Gayle: Right. OK. I am going to chuck the hat at you. And if it hits you I’ll consider that a big win. How far away from me would you say you are?

Nick: 12 feet.

Gayle: I reckon I can do 12 feet! Here we jolly well go. One! Two! Three!… And GO!

(distant exclamation!)

It didn’t even skim yer, but I reckon I could have thrown that a lot further. That’s done, what? 15 feet? Something like that? I could do better than that, I reckon, with a bit of practice, I could really smash this.

Returns to live interview.

Gayle: The video for that, which is going to be a viral sensation, obviously, will go on @radioleeds, our twitter feed: but Glyn, how did I get on. Did I stay within the rules at all?

Glyn: Well, the thing about the rules is, the way I run it, is that you get a reasonable number of chances, and as soon as you get it on target, that and the next 2 count, and then you carry on until you miss. So if you get your wrist action right there’s some potential there. Obviously you need to come to Bowling Hall, after 11 this morning, and you need to give it a go.

Gayle: Well, exactly.

Glyn:  I’ll take a photo and put it instagram. I might take a film, if I can manage that!

Gayle: Can you turn up with your own hat then?

Glyn: You can do. T.I.F.F.T.A. rules say it’s got to be safe to throw, and no metal is allowed, especially in bowlers. And any hat abuse will result in disqualification from that day’s event; and any hat fighting will result in a Sine Die, life long, ban. The dark underbrim of hat fighting is something we really need to stamp out.

And by the way, I am the author and publisher of the Wayne Jacobs Little Red Head Book, celebrating Red Headed Footballers and the Mysteries of Red Hair.

Gayle: Oh wow!

Glyn:  (cut) but if you come to the hat throwing I will bring some spare copies, I have one or two left. Available to the general public and people who like red headed footballers and red hair.

Gayle: And finally, what will the winner get?

Glyn: The winner will get the deep satisfaction. All Grand Hatting will receive a certificate, but because it’s points total, the winner can’t be declared until the competition closes. So if you look on there as soon as I get home and manage to get the results up; … and I am going to try and get it on Instagram. I have a whiteboard where I’ll be keeping a running total, … (cut) check @hatthrowing, you should see the on-going development, and the nail biting…

Gayle: Glyn, Glyn, I’m really sorry to stop you but I’ve got to go to the travel. I feel we could talk about Hat Throwing all day. Have a great day, Thank you so much for coming on. Take care

(Travel intro music plays)

He was going to talk till 8 o’clock wasn’t he? Let’s get the latest on the roads. How’s the roads look David?

David:  You can’t knock someone with a passion, can you?

Gayle: Ah, No




Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship a Topper!

2 Aug

The organiser of the Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship has declared this year’s event, at Bowling Hall Museum, a topper.

Glyn Watkins created the first event at White Wells, Ilkley Moor, ten years ago, and has since run championships across West Yorkshire, reckons the Yorkshire Day event one of the best yet. Around 800 people visited the ancient Hall, a Yorkshire Day record.  Many of the visitors having a go at throwing a hat at a target in exchange for a donation.

Glyn said: 

“It was a lovely day, especially with so many families taking part, and taking the hat throwing very seriously. I must have written out a hundred or more certificates for Grand Hatting! Bowling Hall was a brilliant venue, and is a Museum Bradford should be proud of. I just hope what I have done help’s keep it open”.

The joint highest scorers were both juniors: William Stone and Mia Dutton, who also convincingly beat her dad, Graeme, Methodist Minister of the South Bradford Circuit. 

Highest adult score was scored by Councillor Dave Green, who threw the first hat on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Bradford.


All of the Jackson family get into Hat Throwing.


I’m talking about today’s Yorkshire Hat Throwing on BBC Radio Leeds at 07.20. Listen again from about 09.30. Doors open at Bolling Hall at 11.00.

1 Aug

Transcript of my interview with BBC RadioLeeds’ Andrew Edwards. plus link. Glyn, you are an inspiration! We need more of you in the world!”

27 Jul

Andrew Edwards BBC Radio Leeds interview with Glyn Watkins about the 2019 Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship. On 27th July 2019 at 06.50. 

The link will be open for 29 days from 27th July. I am just over 51 minutes in.  You’ll need to sign up for the BBC.

Below is my attempt at a transcript. I’ve left out all my um’s and err’s, so the word count is well down.


Andrew: … On Thursday Bradford will be hosting a Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship, where I believe any hat, not just flat caps are accepted. The man who’s organised the event, which will take place at the Bowling Hall Museum in Bradford, who describes himself as poet, writer, showman and lover of pies. Ladies and Gentlemen it is the excellent Glyn Watkins. Glyn good morning to you.

Glyn: Good morning Andrew! On this slightly chill morning.

Andrew:  Chill is a good word for it… Chill and a little damp around the edges. What on earth Glyn is a hat throwing competition, or is it just what it sounds like?

Glyn: Well, it is a test of hand – eye coordination and manual dexterity It’s  throwing a hat at a target and being scored accordingly

Andrew: Oh I see, so it’s not distance..

Glyn: No, I would like… T.I.F.F.T.H.A. (The Transnational Incorporated Federation of Formally Thrown Hat Associations) has considered doing distance Hatting, but that would require the training of hat dogs… obviously… because the first one I ever did, oddly enough, ten years ago, was on Ilkley Moor, and that would have been ideal for distance, but if you’ve been up Ilkley Moor to White Wells you’ll know the entire area is, pretty much now, covered with bracken and brambles

Andrew: And you would never  find your hat again. ‘T.I.F.F.T.H.A.’ I love that. What a great name for your association! So is any version of hat accepted; because I’m thinking, already, without being a genius, that some forms of hat are going to be better at target hitting than others.

Glyn: Well, T.I.F.F.T.H.A. rules say that all hats have to be proper headgear, and the have to be safe to throw; and no metal is allowed, especially in bowlers; and that’s pretty much the rules as regards what you can throw. But the things is every time I do this… so I did this last year at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley, and that was for a hat stand. This year I’m actually incorporating two bits of candelabra at  Bowling Hall Museum. So it’s going to be actually slightly different. The best hat for this year is going be slightly different from it was last year…

Andrew: Oh what sophistication!  So you have to try and get it over the candelabra have you?

Glyn: It’s got to… I’m making it fairly simple, in that if it stays on the candelabra then you score, but if you want to score highly then you’ve got to get it on the top bit. And i’ve incorporated a reproduction pig face bascinet on the advanced candelabra. (laughing from Andrew) … you’re going to have consecutive goes, and it’s all…

Andrew (laughing): How many goes?… What a world you live in Glyn!! This is fantastic! How many goes do you get then? Because I originally thought you just take a hard hat or something and you just hurl it at a target and that’d be straightforward, but you’ve throw in so many elements, curved balls, you’ve got to get it on a candelabra…

Glyn: Curved hats indeed! And you can’t use a hard hat… because it’s not safe to throw. And also if it’s outdoors it has to be biodegradable , though the Head Hatter has some discretion on that matter.

Andrew:  Let me ask the question: how seriously will… Clearly you take it enormously seriously Glyn; but how seriously will other people be taking it?

Glyn: Well the thing is. What usually happens, and this happened from the very first one; you have, for instance, a family come along with children: it is suitable for children; obviously if they can’t pick up, if they’re too small to  pick an actual hat up it then it might not be..…      So the children have a go, and they make their dad’s have a go, and then about 15 minutes later the children’s saying: 

“Dad! Dad! Please can we go!? We’re hungry!” 

“NO! NO! I’m going to get it on!”

Andrew: “I’m going to win this!” Are you going to stand by or are you going to hat throw yourself Glyn?

Glyn:  No, I’m going to stand by… There’s going to be a few of us there; and it is entry by donation. It’s free into the Museum but… the competition is entry by donation, and I am splitting that with Bradford Museums Services… and it does actually need some running, you know

Andrew:  I understand.

Glyn:  By the way, did you know that the Yorkshire Day was created by the Ridings Society

Andrew:  It was them who did it originally? Well there you are! It makes an awful lot of sense for Yorkshire, doesn’t it!

Glyn:  1974 as a protest against the re-drawing of the County boundaries. So you could have a ‘Ridings of Yorkshire folk’.

Andrew:  Well, I’ll have that down on the list. I quite like Sue the producers has come up with a ’Stubborn of Yorkshire people”. 

Glyn:  That’s quite good… My other suggestions A ‘Flat’at o Yorkshire folk.’ And a ‘Crust of Yorkshire folk’. Because obviously I also do the Pie & Priestley, celebrating the birthday of J.B.Priestley and a meat & potato pie that defied Hitler. That’s for later

Andrew:  He’s a big pie fan as well. Excellent. Glyn, I think this sound wonderful: If people listening want to take part give us the why’s the where’fors, the time and the place.

Glyn:  Right then. So it’s at Bolling Hall, Bowling Hall or Bolling Hall as it’s variously pronounced. It’s int’ Brat’ft. Bolling Hall Museum. From 11 o’clock on Thursday, which is Yorkshire Day, 1st August. Bolling Hall’s BD4 7LP. You can check www dot bradwan (b r a d w a n) dot com or I’ve got an instagram account  @hatthrowing, one word. And go to one of those, or just turn up at the Museum after 11 o’clock on Thursday. There’ll be cakes and tea, and pop-up hat exhibitions, and all sorts of stuff at Bowling Hall.

Andrew: Glyn, you are an inspiration! We need more of you in the world!

Glyn:  Thank you mate.

Andrew: That was just brilliant. Thank you very much indeed! There you are! Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championships at Bolling Hall, Bowling Hall Museum in Bradford from 11 o’clock on Thursday,  all part of Yorkshire Day.


Pic of me at 07.00 this morning just after the interview with Andrew Edwards.

Latest shirt film about Hat Throwing

26 Jul

I’ve been interviewed about Hat Throwing by BBC Radio Leeds’ Andrew Edwards! Good interview. He wished there were more people like me! As if 1 wasn’t quite enough!

26 Jul

Testing the Advanced Hat Stand Target (pig faced bascinet version) for Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship @bollinghallmuseum on 1st Aug.

25 Jul