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US author John Green gives a nod to toe wrestling

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

  • John Green, above, and toe wrestling at the Bentley Brook Inn in Fenny Bentley.

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PROLIFIC author and internet celebrity John Green has highlighted the ancient sport of toe wrestling, which takes place each year in Fenny Bentley.

The US author of The Fault In Our Stars, which recently became a film, lists toe-wrestling in his 27 Unbelievable Local Traditions on Youtube as part of a weekly trivia spot.

Also included in the 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 Mr Green has with his brother, Hank. He also has 2.88 million followers on Twitter.

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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 he organised a tournament.

But that first contest 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 Inn.

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