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Police win Tug of War competition at charity show
A TEAM of burly policemen stormed to victory in a Tug of War competition on Sunday.
Eight Thames Valley Police officers, including Wycombe Area Commander, Superintendent Gilbert Houalla, volunteered to take part in the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Late Summer Show.
The Princes Risborough Young Farmers Club set up the Tug of War competition in the main ring at the charity's headquarters in Saunderton.
Three teams took part- the young farmers, the welfare team from Hearing Dogs and the police.
The officers beat the other two teams with ease, and even gave an advantage to the Welfare Team with officers only holding the rope with one arm.
Wycombe Rural Inspector Scott Messenger said: "It was brilliant- really good fun."
He joked they did a lot of training but actually Sunday was the first time they had all got together.
He added: "Basically I picked the team. I chose the biggest, fattest, ugliest officers in the whole of Wycombe."
The other two teams did join together in one final game and beat the officers. The show was officially opened by Melanie Jewett, Deaflympics marathon bronze medallist.
She ran the New York Marathon for Hearing Dogs two years ago for her 40th birthday and raised £1,500.
She has been involved with the charity for the last five years. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity and centre of excellence in training hearing dogs to alert deaf people to everyday household sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and in public buildings.
The Late Summer Show is one of its biggest fundraisers.
Chief executive Michele Jennings said: "The loyalty and support in this area is just tremendous. Putting this show on is a great way of saying thank you to all the volunteers, the people who donate and all the people who help, including our puppy socialisers.
"I am very touched and moved that they would have seen the forecast and were still prepared to come out and support us."
There were lots of activities to watch in the main ring, including a demonstration by the hearing dogs to show the good work they do.
There was live music from local bands in the music field and a dog zone for the fun dog show and the Scruffts competition.
To find out more about the charity go to www.hearingdogs.org.uk
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