It was pints of scrumpy all round this afternoon at the Cockwell Inn at Shard as local farmers Sam Niblett and Barney Howell toasted their best ever practical joke.
"It wuz a bloody corker!" raved Sam as he raised his glass of scrumpy.
It transpires that Niblett and Howell faked the entire Iceland volcano crisis using a webcam and a miniature set made out of empty cereal packets. The volcanic eruption effects were achieved by Barney Howell throwing shovelfulls of horseshit around while Sam Niblett filmed the whole thing and then slowed the action down to make it a bit more dramatic.
The pair have been responsible for several major hoaxes over the years, most notably the cock-shaped crop circles, the 'Beast' of Bodmin Moor (which turned out to be a stuffed cat) and the Shroud Of Cheltenham, but have never staged a prank as effective as the Icelandic Volcano gag.
All UK air traffic was grounded as a result of the hoax, and not everybody saw the funny side. Certainly not the Civil Aviation Authority, and certainly not TV prankster Dom Joly, inventor of Trigger Happy TV.
Joly, who had been due to fly out to the Caribbean for a holiday with his family was left stranded at Heathrow Airport's VIP Lounge.
"It's a hoax?" Joly exclaimed. "A bloody hoax? We've been waiting around here for hours on end for no reason? The bastards! That is just not remotely funny!"
As they raised their glasses in the Cockwell Inn at Shard, they thought it was bloody hilarious!
More as we get it.