Llangollen Museum’s Junior History Club
Rhoddri was very pleased with himself because he had had an IDEA. He was so pleased that he had nearly breathed out a big puff of smoke. Just in time he had remembered that things are taken to a museum to be looked after and not to have smoke blown all over them.
“Thornton” he said “I have had a good idea” Thornton had heard lots of GOOD ideas from Rhoddri and so he said very warily “Is it really a GOOD idea.
Rhoddri interrupted him, “Of course it’s a good idea. Listen! Can you make up a totally new story for the children?”
“Of course I can, that’s what all teddies can do” answered Thornton with a very big smile, and seizing the chance, he started the story straight away.
Once upon a time he said, a long time ago there were two dogs, called Molly and Jolly, who lived in Llangollen and who loved to go for walks together with their owners. They especially liked to walk along the canal to see all the other dogs who were visiting the town, to jump into the canal for a swim and then to climb out and shake water all over anyone who happened to be near. “Bad dogs” their owners would say every time.
One particular day there was a great commotion along the canal bank. There was music, children shrieking with laughter in little boats, Llangollen band playing marches, ,horses pulling boats, people playing tennis, others eating ice cream or running races. What excitement! The two dogs watched as prizes were give out. Then a man with a big voice shouted. “ Now for the last event of the day. TUG OF WAR. Go to your team please-one team on each side of the canal’’.
What Fun! Molly quickly ran over the bridge and grabbed hold of the very end of the rope. Jolly stayed by the tennis courts and got hold of the end of the rope there. There were so many people trying to pull on the rope. There must have been twenty people and one small dog in each team.
The man shouted ONE TWO THREE and then there was a shot from the starting pistol …. Everyone started to pull. How they pulled. Nearer and nearer to the edge of the canal came one team, then the other and then the first team again.
Everyone was pulling as hard as they could and now more people kept joining the teams all shouting “ PULL, PULL, PULL. “Down to the edge and back, to the edge and back. It was so exciting that Jock wanted to bark and bark. He opened his mouth and the rope slipped out. The other team gave a big pull and that was it. Into the canal went the losing team amongst great cheers from the winners. Then everyone in both teams jumped in including Molly and Jolly. Molly and Jolly saw their photos in the local paper. Hurrah for Molly and Jolly.
“It was such fun,” concluded Thornton with a sigh, “They don’t have Tug of Wars over the canal nowadays.”
Rhoddri enjoyed the story but felt he had to remind children that the canal is too deep and that they must not jump in.
“What can we ask the children to investigate this month” Thornton said
Here is what Rhoddri suggested:
They could find out when Llangollen Band was started and who started it.
They could ask their families what races would have been run on a sports day and even hold a small sports day with their friends with sweets or apples as prizes.
We could ask them to find out why it is important for children to keep well away from water.