Tiddington boys are heaving with talent

Daniel Brownsill training with Tiddington's team in preparation for their annual tug of war contest    Picture: OX68800 Damian Halliwell

Daniel Brownsill training with Tiddington's team in preparation for their annual tug of war contest Picture: OX68800 Damian Halliwell Buy this photo

First published in News

TUG-of-war is a serious business for these eight residents of Tiddington near Thame.

They are preparing for their annual battle against the residents of nearby Buckinghamshire village Ickford.

Daniel Brownsill, 33, captain of the Oxfordshire team, said: “It’s a tradition that was started 63 years ago by two farmers.

“It was an argument about the question of which town is stronger. It’s just a good bit of rivalry.“ He has taken part in the pull every year since he was 12 years old.

He said: “This will be my 21st year doing it, I used to do the junior pull before I joined the men’s team.

“My dad pulled at the number one position before I did, and when he stopped I took over.”

Tiddington have won the competition for the last three years.

Mr Brownsill, a carpenter, said: “We have been training for about two months.

“We have our trophy, it’s nothing special but it’s got a lot of history and is much loved.”

The tug-of-war is on Friday at 7pm on the banks of the river at the end of Ickford Road.



Our top stories:
 

UPDATED: Man charged with 19 crimes against 10 people appears in court after slavery raids

Oxford Mail:

8:14am Saturday 28th March 2015

A 44-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court this morning charged with 19 offences against 10 people following Thursday's anti-slavery raids.

Surgeries get £6.4m to extend buildings

Oxford Mail: NHS

9:30am Saturday 28th March 2015

THREE Oxfordshire GP surgeries have been awarded a total of £6.4m to expand.

Child rapist jailed for 18 years after string of brutal attacks

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th March 2015

A 62-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for 18 years for a brutal campaign of rape that started when his victim was 10 or 11.

Oxford United leave it late on whether O'Dowda starts against Carlisle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 28th March 2015

Michael Appleton will make a late call on his line-up, with a decision to be made on whether Callum O’Dowda is fit to start the crunch home clash with Carlisle United this afternoon.

Body in river is paedophile headteacher + video

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 28th March 2015

A PAEDOPHILE due to be sentenced for molesting young boys was the man found dead in the River Thames on Tuesday.

Bollywood’s ‘Tom Cruise’ proves a big hit at Blenheim

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 28th March 2015

MOVIE legend Tom Cruise filmed his latest Mission Impossible blockbuster at Blenheim Palace in December.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree