Kessingland to host annual tug-of-war contest

The 38th annual tug-of-war contest is set to take place at Kessingland Park Resorts this weekend. Pi

The 38th annual tug-of-war contest is set to take place at Kessingland Park Resorts this weekend. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

In what is one of the ultimate tests of strength and resilience, Kessingland's annual tug-of-war festival is set to return this weekend.

The Hadleigh team competing at the event in 2016. Picture: Rob Colman

The Hadleigh team competing at the event in 2016. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

The event - now in its 38th year - is run by area five of the Tug of War Association, which covers Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire.

On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday 8, teams consisting of eight competitors will convene at Park Resorts Holiday Park to pull in four different weight categories, with the maximum being 720kg.

Competitors dig their heels in during last year's competition. Picture: Rob Colman

Competitors dig their heels in during last year's competition. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

The Kessingland weekender is the penultimate contest of the outdoor tug-of-war season, before the indoor season gets under way later this month.

David Ling, chairman of the area five group, said: 'We look forward to this event every year because it's a really nice get-together.

Last year saw Thames Valley (yellow) take on Hadleigh (purple). Picture: Rob Colman

Last year saw Thames Valley (yellow) take on Hadleigh (purple). Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant


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'It's an opportunity to meet new people and have a really fun day.'

For more information about tug-of-war in the area, contact David Ling on 01493 300223.

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