World marbles final delayed by rain as weather washes out start of holiday weekend

RODGER Molyneux-Roberts, referee at the British and World Marbles Championship held yesterday at Tinsley Green, West Sussex, inspecting the playing rug during a pause for rain.

It was typical of the weather throughout Britain as the Easter weekend got off to a miserable start, with more rain forecast for the rest of the holiday. The South-west was worst hit as flood warnings were issued and some smaller roads were closed after persistent rain. A thunderbolt set fire to the roof of a house in Cheddar, Somerset. The London Weather Centre said that intermittent rain is likely to continue everywhere except Scotland and parts of the North.

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