Thumb Wrestling Championships could be worth in region of 100k to the Local economy
With sad news being released last week that Lowestoft’s Airshow will not take place in 2013, it was nice to see that Lowestoft’s other major event was going from strength to strength. The World Thumb Wrestling Championships saw a large number of contestants travel from around Britain and the world to make a weekend-of-it and stay in lovely Lowestoft. Many had booked accommodation at local holiday parks, B&B’s and Hotels for a short holiday based around the championships, just as the 10 man film crew from Channel 5′s IWC Media. The event attracted well over 100 spectators bringing much needed footfall into the town centre.
Triangle market chip-stall owner said: This has been our busiest saturday since the airshow. I’m really chuffed with the business we have done today and would like to thank organisers for putting an event at this end of town. Jockey Wilson the Triangle Tavern Bar Mananger said: We are never too busy during Saturday day-time, but we had 3 extra staff members on to cope with thirsty contestants and spectators. Its great for the town and great for local businesses that such an event takes place in Lowestoft. I wish that more people could think of things like this to boost the towns profile and get people to visit and spend money in town. Well done to Rory and the W.T.W.C for hosting such a successful event.
Rory the ringmaster said: ‘We think the event will bring in at least 100k to the local economy. If you think about all the people staying in town for the week, or weekend, the film crew, the celebs, the spectators, then all the money they will spend with local businesses we think 100k is a conservative estimate of how much the event is worth to the town‘. He went on to say: ‘There is no chance that the World Thumb Wrestling Championships won’t be here next year. Lowestoft cannot afford to lose another major event. The town used to be known for herring, then the airshow and now its thumb wrestling!’