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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Uppies and Downies world wide

WORKINGTON’S uppies and downies Easter ball game will have a huge audience this year thanks to an Orkney businessman.

Walter Haywood, of Kirkwall, will be in town for all three legs of the big showdown, and will market the Workington game to the world with action stills and video action complete with his commentary via his website at www.kirkwallba.co.uk

The website, which is already trailing the Workington game, is popular with followers of Orkney’s equivalent to the uppies and downies, which is played on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in Kirkwall between the uppies and doonies.

The Workington game last Easter also produced an upset when the uppies recorded their first victory in six years.

Charity organiser Joe Clark said: “Since we made the game a charitable fund-raiser, we have raised £58,000 in five years.

“Last year, we raised more than £7,000 for the Seacroft respite home at St Bees and this year we are aiming to raise between £8,000 and £10,000 for a breast cancer charity.

Breast cancer was chosen as the 2006 charity to mark the fighting spirit of Jean Holliday, of Mossbay Road, Workington, who is now in remission after a double mastectomy.

Her son, Workington roofing contractor Luke Holliday, who plays for the downies, has been involved with the charitable side of the game from the start.

This year’s main fund-raising is a raffle and prizes so far are £500 holiday voucher and a dinner for two at the Borrowdale Lodore Swiss Hotel, complete with Rolls Royce and chauffeur. Tickets will be on sale in Morrisons supermarket on April 14, 15 and 21.

n Each game is started with the throwing off of the ball at 6.30pm near the concrete bridge over Cloffocks beck, close to Allerdale House on April 14, 18 and 22.

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