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Tug of War

Their training regime includes lifting a lump of concrete into a tree - meet the Leicester tug-of-war team preparing to take on the world.

News 1975 5 mins

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Sue Jay talks to members of the St Patrick's tug-of-war team from Leicester who are preparing to compete in the sport's World Championships in Holland. Captain Colin Manton admits that the public haven't got a clue about the sport, thinking it involves a rope, big men and a pub. Despite its Heath Robinson appearance their training kit is a punishing test of strength and this, coupled with the sport's strictly enforced rules, goes to prove that tug-of-war is a serious affair.