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All the road closures and times on Monday, May 27 as historic event returns


Woolsack Racing will return to Tetbury, today, Bank Holiday Monday after a four-year break.

The traditional event, which is believed to have originated in the 17th century, sees more than 5,000 spectators gather to watch competitors hoist heavy sacks weighing up to 60lb over their shoulders and trudge up and down the steep one in four gradient of Gumstool Hill, along a challenging 240-yard course.

The races start from noon on Gumstool Hill between two public houses, the Royal Oak (the bottom of the hill) and the Crown (at the top).

People can take part either as individuals or as part of a team.

The individuals race up the hill, the teams (with four members swapping places at each end of the course) race up and down the hill twice.

The men race with a 60-pound (27 kg) woolsack, women have 30 pounds (14 kg).

There are also youth races where boys ages 16–18 races with a 30 lb sack, and a children’s class.

Visitors can also enjoy a lively array of entertainment, including live music, local stalls and vintage amusement rides.

Road Closures from 6am until 7pm, Monday, May 27.

A433 Church Street CLOSED from the Old Brewery Lane with NO Access into Tetbury Town Centre

B4014 Silver Street / Market Place CLOSED from the bend round Silver Street into Market Place with NO Access into Tetbury Town Centre

Cirencester Road CLOSED from just after the Royal Oak Pub / Herd Lane with NO Access into Tetbury Town Centre (Note that access to the Goods Shed Car Park will be available)

A433 Long Street CLOSED from the junction with the A4135 New Church Street with NO Access into Tetbury Town Centre

London Road is not closed.

One way system active in Cutwell with no access from Charlton Road.

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