Customs and Traditions - Welly Boot Throwing - Southport
Currently training on Southport beach, Alan Wright, 32 of Belmont Close, Burscough, preparing to defend his title as World Welly Throwing Champion in Jamaica. In the classic style of an Olympic discus thrower, Alan whirled around in a carefully marked circle to hurl a size 12 rubber Wellington boot more than 50 yards across the sand. Alan, a chemicals salesman, won his title at Florida's Daytona Beach in 1978.
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Westbury White Horse conservation
Finishing touches to the whitening of the Westbury White Horse near Westbury in Wiltshire. A four-week conservation project to protect the white horse ended. *...English Heritage, which is in charge of preserving the monument, helped direct the operation to steam clean the horse, dating back to the 18th Century. The white horse, one of seven visible in Wiltshire, is believed to date in its present form back to 1778 and is a feature of the scheduled ancient monument of Bratton Camp - an iron age hill fort. The horse, which costs 16, 000 to clean, stands in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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Buildings and Landmarks - Whale's Jawbone - Whitby
A whale's jawbone forms the graceful arch through which these holidaymakers stroll at Whitby, Yorkshire. Framed in it is the historic Whitby Abbey, across the harbour. The bone, presented by a Norwegian to the town in 1963, commemorates Whitby's past as a whaling centre, and replaced a far older whalebone arch that is now in the local museum. Whitby was a whaling port from 1753 to 1833.
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