Across the river fight in villages’ tug-of-war

Heave: Dan Brownsill gives it his all during the challenge

Heave: Dan Brownsill gives it his all during the challenge

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VILLAGERS in Tiddington have fought and won for the honour of Oxfordshire.

On Friday they took part in the annual tug-of-war across the River Thame against their Buckinghamshire rivals in the village of Ickford.

The annual tug-of-war between the two villages is a tradition that dates back 63 years.

Carpenter Dan Brownsill, 33, the captain of the Oxfordshire team, said: “I am very pleased. It was very hard, but it was one of the best pulls we have had for probably 10 years.

“I have been pulling for 21 years and I wouldn’t say I look forward to it because it is hard every time, but it is a very good tradition.”

Including this year’s victory, Tiddington have won the competition for the last four years.

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