VIDEO: Knaresborough Boxing Day Tug-of-War.

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The Half Moon Inn team snatched victory from the arms of the Dropping Well Inn team in the annual Knaresborough Boxing Day Tug-of-War.

Both the mens and ladies teams from the Half Moon won the battle of the River Nidd, after two years of defeat by the Dropping Well Inn team (now the Mother Shipton Inn).

kna   The Mother Shipton's Mens team in the Boxing Day Tug O' War in Knaresborough.  (131226M2a)

kna The Mother Shipton's Mens team in the Boxing Day Tug O' War in Knaresborough. (131226M2a)

Katie Smith, co-owner and landlady of the Half Moon Free House said: “It was a fantastic day, it was good weather which helps to bring out the crowds and it was busy.”

The ladies team faced three pulls with the Half Moon Inn losing the first pull before putting up a valient fight and winning the next two.

The Half Moon’s mens team won in the first two pulls.

“We are are so happy to haev won after two years,” Katie added: “But it’s all in good fun.

kna   The Mother Shipton's Ladies team in the Boxing Day Tug O' War in Knaresborough.  (131226M2e)

kna The Mother Shipton's Ladies team in the Boxing Day Tug O' War in Knaresborough. (131226M2e)

“It’s good for Knaresborough, good for businesses and good for the charity.”

Funds were collected for Saint Michael’s Hospice at the event which was compared by independant town crier Simon Shaw.

The annual event dates back to 1968 and is part of a huge calender of community activitied in the town.

Katie added: “Obviously it is fantastic for Knaresborough. Knaresborough is great for events, the bed race, the duck race and so on.

“This is a now an integral part of that calender and it’s a good support for local businesses as people come from all over to watch it.”

The Half Moon Inn was reopened on December 20 2012 as a Free House by Katie Smith and Max Harrison, after a complete refurbishment.

The pair are hoping to build on the pubs popularity and have recently launched a new grazing food menu.

See our video from the event online now. Visit www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk.