After a hiatus of 27 tournaments, Hugh Wood was back on winning form again on the Tooting links, beating Ian Waite into convincing second position. “This was coming,” Wood said. “I’ve been close a number of times.”
An armada of evenly grouped rowers gathered to do battle on the Burbling in the grace of the March sunshine. In a highly competitive afternoon’s racing, a Spanish boat sank. “Estoy empapando.” Emilio said. “Necesito una ducha.”
And Poppleton was awash with brightly coloured tee shirts and shorts yesterday as a tsunami of the great and the good and the fit and the fat surged along the A440 towards the finish line for some Sport Relief. “That were exhaustin’”, observed Chorley University undergraduate Pixie Smith. “I’ll ‘ave t’ go fer a lie down now”.
Bill Wainwright had produced a wonderful series of stills, which had been planted at short intervals along the A440, such that, if you drove Westward at 40mph, it shows a pair of dancers performing a pirouette.
Staff at the leisure centre had erected a huge, illuminated star, which doubled as their contribution to Poppleton’s celebration of lights. Undertaker, and St. Nick’s Acolyte, Paul Bearer, noticed it as he was going to evensong. As he stood at the town hall, the star looked as if it was standing over the stables at the Dew Drop Inn.
The A440 was anything but harmonious earlier today…
A number of police escorts flanked the slow procession of the two Archimedes screw turbines and a large Crown crane, along the ring road to the banks of the Burbling, creating a huge tail-back of traffic.
That must’ve been a bit embarrassing for them, but I guess you have to go with the flow with these things.
A lorry has shed its load on the A440, jettisoning bales of hay and bowling the cars behind it like 10 pins.
“They were like Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bombs coming at us,” a motorist following the lorry said. “We had to swerve to miss them.”
The incident happened as the lorry was accelerating onto the Poppleton ring road at just after nine o’clock this morning, police said. It was heading anti-clockwise.
One lane has been closed and there are reports of long tail backs on the A4411 interchange into Poppleton.
The Highways Agency was at the scene by 10 a.m., bedding down the straw.