When Alex Driver went on holiday with his French girlfriend, little did he know he would return home a champion.

Alex, 33, of Skipton Road, Gargrave, had been enjoying a break with Amandine Roussel, visiting her parents near La Rochelle. Visiting the annual Festival of the Bean, he decided to have a go at slipper flicking.

He said: “I had no idea it was so competitive. I was the first English person to win and before I knew it I was on the stage accepting the trophy and having my photograph taken!”