VIDEO: Days when everyone pulled together in Isle

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This week we are taking a second look back a popular former tug-of-war team from the Isle of Axholme.

lan Parkin kindly told us last week about the youth division of the Owston Ferry Tug-of-War team.

Nostalgia pictures from Alan Parkin of West Butterwick.  ( Buy this photo E1879TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Nostalgia pictures from Alan Parkin of West Butterwick. ( Buy this photo E1879TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

He speaks with authority on the subject having served as the team’s coach in the late 1970s.

The 62-year-old truck driver, of Parklands, West Butterwick, provided us with another photograph this week, which showed him cheering on the men’s team during a gruelling match more than 30 years ago.

He gave an insight into the team’s history.

“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.”

Mr Parkin, who was team coach from 1977 to 79, added: “We used to travel up and down the country to take on some of the best teams.

“The youth team started in 1978 and they were very successful. They won a national title one year.

“They were always very dedicated to their training.”