'Play On Words' wins the Turnip Prize 2013

Bridgwater Mercury: PERCY Long-Prong with his 'Play On Words'. PERCY Long-Prong with his 'Play On Words'.

A WORDY wit has been crowned winner of the Turnip Prize 2013, the ultimate tongue-in-cheek gong for the ‘art world’.

While Londonderry was hosting this year’s Turner Prize – the controversial award that brought Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin to prominence – The New Inn at Wedmore saw Percy-Long-Prong receive his turnip.

‘Play on Words’ was Long-Prong’s winning entry – a Shakespeare script placed on the Oxford dictionary.

Organiser Trevor Prideaux said: “I am delighted with the lack of effort taken to create this work. It’s the ultimate play on words.”

Long-Prong, a 69-year-old former Harrods shop assistant and chauffeur from Wedmore, said: “It was one of those things – a flash of brilliance that comes to everyone once in a lifetime.”

This year’s Turnip Prize attracted a total of 69 entries.

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