Kessingland tug-of-war festival pulls a blinder

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. The team from Hadleigh, Essex. Pic

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. The team from Hadleigh, Essex. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Teams from across the country descended on the Suffolk coast for Kessingland's tug-of-war festival.

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. Judge Graham Marshall holds his ha

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. Judge Graham Marshall holds his hands up for the teams to take up the slack of the rope and to dig in. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday 8, competitors convened at Park Resorts Holiday Park for the annual event, which is run by area five of the Tug of War Association.

In a series of battles which tested determination, stamina and sheer strength, it was the team from Raunds in Northamptonshire who dominated proceedings, winning in all but one of the weight categories.

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. The team from Raunds, Northamptons

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. The team from Raunds, Northamptonshire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The team from Hadleigh, near Southend, won the remaining mixed-weight pull on Saturday.

Organiser David Ling said: 'The weekend went brilliantly and we got some great feedback from the competitors.

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. The team from Thames Valley, Berks

The annual Tug-of-War festival at Kessingland Beach Holiday Park. The team from Thames Valley, Berkshire . Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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'Tug-of-war is hard sport and requires time and dedication, but we want to get more people involved for our big 40th festival next year.'

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

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