Declaring war on tug teams in Isle

Alan Parkin, 62, of West Butterwick with his Nostalgia pictures. ( Buy this photo E1875TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
Alan Parkin, 62, of West Butterwick with his Nostalgia pictures. ( Buy this photo E1875TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Our picture this week will bring back fond memories for Isle residents who committed themselves to something of an unusual sport.

The snap shows members of the Owston Ferry Tug-of-War team in the early 1980s.

Nostalgia pictures from Alan Parkin of West Butterwick.  ( Buy this photo E1880TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Nostalgia pictures from Alan Parkin of West Butterwick. ( Buy this photo E1880TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

They are seen with an array of trophies they collected during competitions up and down the country against some of the nation’s best teams.

The picture was kindly submitted to us by former team coach Alan Parkin and is the latest in a batch he has given us permission to feature.

The 62-year-old truck driver, of Parklands, West Butterwick, said: “The team ran between about 1968 and 1980.

“We all used to meet in a pub in Epworth and then back in Owston Ferry, and the idea just came about from that over a few drinks.

“It got really popular, really quickly. We had people coming to join all the time.

“We used to train in this old Dutch barn just outside of Owston Ferry.

“We filled a 50 gallon drum with bits of metal and tools, things like that and the lads had to pull it past a certain point.

“It was a lot of fun.”

He added that the team won a national title in the late 1970s.