A ‘forgotten’ village revolts by hosting its own version of Commonwealth Games


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Who can toss a rubber shoe as considerably as they can? If you are lover of the sport ‘Welly hanging’, and live in the Midlands space close to Birmingham, head to the village Coseley over the up coming number of times.

A ‘forgotten’ village in West Midlands in England, whose residents felt ‘snubbed’ that they ended up overlooked by the Queen’s Baton relay in spite of being in the region are internet hosting their very own variation of Commonwealth Games – Coseley Commonwealth. The relay ran as a result of Dudley yesterday, on Sunday, but didn’t enterprise into Coseley.

The inhabitants have now been fuming around what they phone neglect: the closure of a secondary university, swimming baths that ended up useful for 40 yrs, general public bathrooms in the typical square – and villagers experienced had ample when the relay far too bypassed them. Even the biking event, they say, are bypassing them.

The Coseley Commonwealth Video games will have its very own baton parade. It’s own exclusive races: a a few-legged race, welly hanging where by competitors throw a Wellington boot (A rubber shoe) as far as achievable, sports activities impediment race, right before the Video games will conclusion with a grand tug of war.

A ‘community activist Tony Sheldon, 74, instructed Birminghamlive: “The Commonwealth baton will be circulating the borough and, as anticipated, it is coming nowhere in the vicinity of to Coseley. Due to the fact of this, we intend to have our possess Coseley Commonwealth Video games. Reverend Emma Stanford was quoted as expressing: “We are in a type of overlooked void right here in Coseley.

Craig Jones informed the local, “”We’re overlooked about until the council will need somewhere to dump some thing that isn’t required somewhere else or they want to save some money and decide to near our features. I do experience it is unquestionably political as Coseley East has often generally been a Labour ward … In modern a long time, Coseley has misplaced its local secondary university, its swimming baths, care home, accessibility to the suggestion and even our bogs.”

By diana