Sometimes insurance really isn't a barrel of fun. Readers who disagree could contact the children of Topsham in Devon.

The children have had their annual barrel-rolling race cancelled after insurers refused to cover the event.

The competition consists of the town's young people pushing small empty beer barrels up a 120-yard hill.

Though there have never been any injuries in the past, the event is now considered too risky.

Backchat knows the arguments - creeping litigation, cost of cover etc, but surely there are some insurers out there willing to roll out the barrel?