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MEMORY LANE: Grantham ladies played football match with Harrowby United in drag

Charity football matched raised cash in the summer of 1981.
Charity football matched raised cash in the summer of 1981.

Grantham’s outgoing mayor in 1982, Paddy Perry, was pictured putting the boot in to kick off a charity football match that raised more than £600 for children’s homes in the town.

Players from Harrowby United wore Wellington boots and donned feminine attire as they took on a team of real ladies, including Mayoress Libby Perry.

The match ended in a sporting 7-7 draw and the organisers, Judy Atter and Anne Sutherland from Coles Cranes canteen, said they were delighted by the whole occasion.

Judy said: “We were given the use of their ground, they loaned the girls’ team their strip – and as the ‘Wellie Bashers’, they gave us a good game.”


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