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Friday, June 02, 2006

Put Through the Hoop


Dorneywood croquet sends sales soaring
By Amy Iggulden
(Filed: 02/06/2006)

John Prescott may be a more likely ambassador for bacon butties and HP sauce than croquet, the sport that speaks of summer lawns and stately homes.
But the Deputy Prime Minister, who was pictured wielding a wooden mallet as he prepared to take charge of the country last week, appears to have been unexpectedly effective in his new role.
As he contemplated life without Dorneywood, the grace-and-favour Buckinghamshire house he has had to give up, Asda announced yesterday that sales of its garden croquet sets had soared by 300 per cent. The country's second biggest supermarket chain, revealed that 6,000 shoppers had bought its £9.87 and £2.96 garden kits, up from 2,000 in the corresponding week last year.
Daily Telegraph

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