Tid­dly event a suc­cess

Bogtrot­ters cap­ture World Cup

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Third an­nual World Cup of Tid­dly in Car­bon­ear draws an­other fine crowd, with cham­pi­ons be­ing de­clared in the mens’ and wom­ens’ di­vi­sions.

“More and more chil­dren and young peo­ple are play­ing,” said Cameron, some­thing that greatly pleases her. “ That’s the only way to keep tid­dly go­ing. We old folks are get­ting a lit­tle arthritic.”

Tid­dly, which is also known as pid­dly, has a lengthy and hon­oured his­tory in the prov­ince.

“It’s been in New­found­land for 200 years or longer,” Cameron com­mented. “It died out in the 1960s, prob­a­bly be­cause of tele­vi­sion and be­cause peo­ple had a bit more money for balls, bats, gloves and so on. But it’s been in Car­bon­ear for quite a while.”

Cameron, who grew up in Car­bon­ear in the 1950s and 60s, re­turned to her home­town from the main­land in 2005. In 2008, she con­vinced the Car­bon­ear spe­cial events com­mit­tee to in­clude the game as part of the town’s an­nual Car­bon­ear Days.

This year’s tro­phies were given out by 90- year-old Peter Grif­fin of Car­bon­ear. He, like his fa­ther be­fore him, played the game all his life.

Tid­dly is a rough sport, played with a sim­ple — and cheap — set of tools. The tid­dly stick is about a foot long, while a sec­ond stick is about three feet long. The shorter stick is placed on two bricks.

“ There are peo­ple out there with scars from tid­dly from years ago,” said Cameron. “Last year, one fel­low broke his fin­ger.” Of­fi­cial rules gov­ern the games. “How­ever, ev­ery­body has their own rules,” Cameron joked. “ We’ve had about five ar­gu­ments about the rules so far.”

The Ki­wa­nis Club helped with the World Cup by serv­ing re­fresh­ments. The Town of Car­bon­ear erected a sign on Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way. This was the first year shirts, with the slo­gan “Hooked on Tid­dly” were made avail­able for pur­chase.

Cameron is pleased with the num­ber of re­quests she has re­ceived from else­where in the prov­ince ask­ing for the rules of tid­dly. It is an in­di­ca­tion that the game is mak­ing a come­back.

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