SEVERE rationing after the war meant cooking a giant pie to celebrate was impossible.
But in 1964 the committee decided to celebrate four Royal births in the same year – Prince Edward, Lady Helen Windsor, Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and James Ogilvy.
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But tragedy struck when four of the main organisers were killed in a car crash on the Grantham bypass in the early hours of the morning.
They had been returning from the ITV studios near London after filming a programme about the pie.
They were the lead baker 52-year-old George Saville, the 24-year-old pie planning committee chairman John Haigh who had married the previous year and his wife was expecting their first child, retired 86-year-old businessman Benjamin Beaver and Denby Dale Brass bandsman Lawrence Wainwright, aged 63.
The decision was made that the pie would go on and it was served to more than 30,000 people.
It was followed by a Pie Dance at the Sovereign Inn that featured The Swinging Blue Jeans.
More than 2,000 souvenir plates were sold.
Funds from this pie bought the land where the Denby Dale Pie Hall was built at a cost of almost £24,000 and opened in 1972.