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Ashbourne gets video mention from Fault In Our Stars author John Green

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

By Zena Hawley

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PROLIFIC author and internet celebrity John Green has taken time out to mention the ancient sport of toe-wrestling which takes place each year the at The Bentley Brook Inn, Fenny Bentley.

The hugely successful US author of young adult novels - the most well-known is The Fault In Our Stars, which recently became a film - lists it in his "27 Unbelievable Local Traditions" on Youtube, which is part of a trivia-tastic weekly spot for knowledge fanatics.

Also included in traditions are the monkey buffet festival in Thailand, bull-running in Pamplona, Spain, and the tomato festival - La Tomatina - also in Spain.

Vlogbrothers is a popular Youtube series he has with his brother, Hank, and Mr Green also has 2.88 million followers on Twitter.

Toe wrestling is a medieval sport that was revived in 1974 when a publican at the Old Royal Oak pub in Wetton found an old rules document.

He thought it sounded like something the English could be good at, so organised a tournament.

But it was won by a Canadian and the sport was suspended. It was then picked up again in 1994 and won by Alan Nash.

In 2004, after outgrowing the venue, the World Toe Wrestling contest moved to The Bentley Brook.

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