Arm wrestlers host tournament for good cause

Two competitors get to grips with each other at a previous Farm Wars event
Two competitors get to grips with each other at a previous Farm Wars event

Some of the arm wrestling world’s toughest characters are set to show their tender side by supporting a children’s sensory farm.

More than 40 match-ups have been drawn up for the Leigh Pulling Power Club for Farm Wars, which will take place at Hope View, in Astley.

There will be people coming from across Europe, including competitors from Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia

Stan Dickenson

Former British champion Stan Dickenson, who has run the club from his Leigh home for more than 15 years, has had interest from across Europe for the gathering, on September 9.

Stan said: “There will be people coming from across Europe, including competitors from Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia.

“We’ll also have one or two new lads, who’ll be trying out on the day.

“It’s free entry but there will be all kinds of fund-raising activities and all proceeds will go to Hope View.”

Another ex-national champion Paul Maiden will be the MC for the event.

Earlier this year the club, which boasts women’s left-handed world champ Agy Gorzynska, featured on BBC Breakfast, promoting the sport.

The sensory farm, on Marsland Green Lane, is an outdoor attraction designed to offer respite to people struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Plans for the day also include a scarecrow festival, where people from Leigh to Astley are being encouraged to create their own garden characters.

Youngsters can enter a scarecrow fancy dress competition and there will also be fairground rides.