Three Holes would be an ace place for the British Open

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 January 2018

Three Holes - a shoo-in for the Open golf, surely...

Three Holes - a shoo-in for the Open golf, surely...

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Some Norfolk villages are just crying out for sporting events, says Keith Skipper.

A surprise bid by the small village of Skeyton, near North Walsham, to stage the 2030 Winter Olympics could spark an exciting drive by Norfolk to break into global sport’s premier division.

While some bold ideas are being floated on very thin ice, others seem to be attracting the right sort of organising prowess, financial backing and strategic considerations.

For example, the fine parish of Trunch is being urged to go for the 2042 World Cup football finals, not least because there would no problems in persuading their immediate North Norfolk neighbours to build stadia for the early rounds.

Gimingham, Trimingham, Knapton, Northrepps and Southrepps are others in that famous bunch. FIFA could soon learn the famous old rhyme and set up ticket offices in Mundesley car park and behind Walcott sea wall.

I hear Beetley, Brisley and North Elmham expect to be added to the list of Test Match cricket arenas. Better track records than Old Trafford for weather, and the nearby rural life museum at Gressenhall offers an attractive alternative if it should rain.

British Grand Prix action could well be shared between Barton Bendish, Kilverstone and Carbrooke. Open Golf at Etling Green, near Dereham, or Three Holes, near Upwell, is a distinct possibility.

There’s animated talk of world canoeing championships at North Creake (without a paddle), the Boat Race switched to Dilham Canal, tag wrestling at Flordon, Grand National at Horsey, athletics at Runham, (with drug-testing at Pott Row), and angling championships at Wormegay, picking up rod and reels at Tacolneston.

If any of these sporting spectaculars take off, fringe benefits likely to include international television coverage and new rural bus routes, other locations will be keen to get on the “honey-pot” map with an event best suited to its name.

How about the Divorced and Separated finding a shoulder to cry on at Ditchingham? Or the Magic Circle turning up at Howe?

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