En garde! 24-hour fencing festival aims to showcase the sport

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A SHARP introduction to a sport is being offered as a round-the-clock challenge is mounted by a club.

The Regional Fencing Centre in Durham is running the 24-hour festival as part of the County Durham Community Games.

It comes after the centre, based at Durham University’s Graham Sports Centre in Maiden Castle, was awarded £350 from the County Durham Foundation to showcase the sport this Friday and Saturday.

Those who join in will also collect “sponsor-sword-ship” for Help for Heroes, which helps servicemen and women as they recover from injuries, and to support development of the sport.

Beth Davidson, the region’s fencing development officer, said: “We also have wheelchair fencing on offer.

“Some of the people attending hope to keep going for the full 24 hours.” An opening ceremony takes place at 5pm on Friday and on Saturday there will be activities for beginners and families from 10am.

Anyone who would like more information can contact Beth by e-mailing beth4fencing@aol.com or call 07834 884 194.

More details can also be found via e www.fencingnortheast.org.