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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English Civil War Society
23/ English Civil War Society. A pikeman feigns death beneath a tangle of pikes during a lively re-enactment of 17th Century hostilities by the English Civil War Society at the historic Littlecote House, near Hungerford. The Tudor mansion, which was bought by millionaire businessman Peter de Savary in 1985, has been given a special award by the British Tourist Authority for a commercially operated tourist venue in its 'Come to Britain' award.
Norwegian Christmas tree
The lights are switched on, on the Norwegian Christmas tree in London's Trafalgar Square. The Tree is a gift to Britain symbolising Norway's gratitude for the help their country received from Britain during the second World War. 04/12/03: The traditional Trafalgar Square Christmas tree was being lit. The 23m tall Norwegian spruce, the annual gift from Oslo to London, will be lit by 500 lights until January 6.