Poohsticks fans gather for world championships

Hundreds are taking part in the annual Poohsticks world championships, in homage to Winnie the Pooh

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International line-up at the Poohsticks world championships

The competitors have been training hard Credit: Sally Simmonds

Competitors are gearing up for 32nd annual Poohsticks World Championships at Witney in Oxfordshire.

Visitors from all over the world are arriving at Cogges Manor Farm for the highly competitive event, inspired by AA Milne's characters.

Until now, the annual competition had been held at Day’s Lock in Little Wittenham for more than 30 years, attracting hundreds of competitors from across the world.

But sadly it was a victim of its own success and this year needed a new home to accommodate the number of people who turn up to take part and watch.

Poohsticks in progress Credit: PA

The game, played by Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, involves dropping a stick off the side of a bridge and seeing which one travels downstream the fastest.

The original Poohsticks ketch by EH Shephard Credit: PA
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