Video: Fan's visit to 'land of Winnie the Pooh' dream come true
Rotary Club members, back from left, Debs Axtell, Hollie Wise & Naomi Barnes;
front, Deb Hoffmann from Wisconsin
TWO women from different sides of the Atlantic were yesterday brought together by a lifelong goal at Witney's first World Poohsticks Championships.
Among the hundreds of people who descended on a little footbridge over the River Windrush for this year's competition were Deb Hoffman of Wisconsin, USA, and Margaret Grayston of Witney.
When she heard the event had been moved to Witney for the first time, she made the decision to cross the Atlantic and achieve a lifelong dream.
And the last time
Yesterday, the two women met for the first time on the bridge at Langel Common, having only seen each other's faces in the Oxford Mail.
She said: "It has been on my bucket list forever, and it is so surreal to be here. It's like being transported to the land of Winnie the Pooh."
The mother-of-two said: "You could have imagined she was going to be bonkers, but she was so nice and down-to-earth."
Both said that they were just happy to have played.
The championship action
An estimated 600 people took part in the championships yesterday, seven at a time, dropping
The event was
Pictures: Jon Lewis Pete Hughes email@example.com POOHSTICKS: Championship brings together women from both sides of the Atlantic Witney Rotary Club and Witney's Cogges Manor Farm.
Competitors paid £2 to enter which will be donated to good causes.
The event was moved from Day's Lock because
The added bonus of moving the event to another river was that they could hold it in the summer.
First published Monday 8 June 2015
by Pete Hughes - Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington.
Call me on 01865 425431