2011 in East Keswick got off to a great start with the annual tug of war. The event, held every New Year's Day pits teams from the two village pubs against each other. At 3pm, crowds began to gather outside The Old Star. Within half an hour several contests between male teams, female teams and children teams had taken place and then everyone retired to one of the two pubs which were packed with villagers. The event is held to raise money for Candlelighters charity, which was to be several hundred pounds richer by the end of the day.

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