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UK town celebrates 250 years of sandwiches

The British town of Sandwich on Sunday celebrated the 250th anniversary of the moment when its Earl invented the bread-based meal that would go on to become a global convenience snack.

world Updated: May 14, 2012 00:38 IST

The British town of Sandwich on Sunday celebrated the 250th anniversary of the moment when its Earl invented the bread-based meal that would go on to become a global convenience snack.

The first written record of the sandwich was in 1762 and the Kent town of Sandwich, which is the earldom of the Montagu family, is celebrating 250 years of the meal.

The story goes that fourth Earl of Sandwich asked for beef served between slices of bread so that he could eat while continuing to play cards and his friends asked "to have the same as Sandwich", according to the British Sandwich Association.

The fourth Earl of Sandwich was considered “a daring man” to eat with his fingers at that time.

Over the weekend the east Kent town hosts sandwich-making competitions and re-enactments of the moment the fourth Earl of Sandwich asked for the food in bread, the BBC reported.

The sanwich festival organisers said it had interest from across the world.