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Hughes Brothers Lift The Criccieth Feat Stone

by | 1st, October 2011

TO Criccieth, Gwynedd town, where brothers Reuben and Dafydd Hughes, are passing the hottest day of the year lifting a massive stone weighting between 25-28 stones.

Says Reuben, who works with stone walls and fencing:

“I was a bit nervous when I first saw it, but I thought that as I worked with stones almost every day I had a good chance. We both managed to do it, though Dafydd was first.”

Why do it? Well, why not. Stir some civic and national pride into stone lifting and you have a sport.

Before the brothers lifted it, the last man who attempted to raise the stone off the ground was Roger Davis, aka Fianna Clansman, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. He’s putting stone lifting on the map by touring the country lifting the co-called Feat Stones, of which the Criccieth monolith is one. Having failed in his mission, he declared it would take “a world class strength athlete” to lift the stone.

Says Davis:

“The Criccieth Stone is mentioned in the book “The Mask of Merlin”, (a biography of David Lloyd George) as being a “test your strength stone”, and said to have inspired him to seriously enter into politics, I can honestly say that this is the most challenging stone I have ever attempted to lift. It is not necessarily the weight of the stone that makes it such a challenge” said Roger “although at my estimation it is 160 -180kg which is around

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