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Scrabble expert prepares for National Finals

by Russell Hookey

Anyone who thinks a nice game of Scrabble is a gentle way to while away a winter evening probably hasn't met Paul Allan.

The teacher from Rushden in Northamptonshire takes a rather more competitive view of the word game, in fact he's such a whizz at it that he'll be taking part in the national final this weekend. So what's his secret?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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Paul Allan is preparing to battle it out at the National Scrabble Championship.
Paul Allan is preparing to battle it out at the National Scrabble Championship. Credit: Paul Allan

A teacher from Rushden in Northamptonshire is preparing to battle it out at the National Scrabble Championship this weekend.

Paul Allan has successfully got through to the final of the competition.

Paul Allan won the title previously in 2007.
Paul Allan won the title previously in 2007. Credit: Paul Allan

He's no stranger to the event having won the title back in 2007 and is confident he could be bringing the trophy back to the region together with a £2500 cash prize when he goes head to head with his rival on Sunday 3 November.

To reach the final he competed against 57 talented Scrabble experts in 14 hard-fought games at the semi-final in Cardiff in September.

Now Paul will participate in a gruelling best-of-five games showdown at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London.

Paul will participate in a gruelling best-of-five games showdown at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London.
Paul will participate in a gruelling best-of-five games showdown at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London. Credit: Paul Allan

If he wins he stands a good chance of taking on players from around the world for the title of World Scrabble Champion in December.

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The remains of the factory in Rushden. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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It broke out late on Saturday night in the building on Norris Way in Rushden.

Firefighters from across the county went to the scene but despite battling with the flames for more than four hours they were unable to save the building.

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