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The King of Shropshire is the Isle of Man’s June Festival Queen

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The Shropshire Ladies star surprised bookmakers on her first visit to the island by making it to the final of the Ladies Main competition at Nobles Park in Douglas.

And although beaten by Alexis Lunn-Gadd (Ossett Flying Horse), who won her third title in June, King pocketed £600 for her superb effort on Friday’s final day.

Now established at Premier League side Wrockwardine Wood, King got off to the best start to take an early 9-7 lead.

But Gloucester-based Yorkshire ace Lunn-Gadd responded with a six-game run to lead 15-9 – and 18-14 was as close as Telford’s mother of two before losing 21-14.

King had dug deep to win her semi-final 21-20 over Caroline Bushell (Co-op) and it added to a big win for the King family as her husband Jamie won the pre-tournament competition in Castletown on Sunday.

The Main’s Main title and £3,000 top prize went to Yorkshire’s James Wilcox with September Festival winner Callum Wraight (Castlefields) beaten 21-17 by Chris Kelly in the quarter-finals. But Wraight had already won the Visit.Com Flyer title as he edged out the final with a 9-8 victory over John Gatley (Woolston) while the last chance mixed final was won by Josh Cotton (Wrockwardine Wood ) who beat Gerald Merry (Delamere) 21-13.

Castlefields’ Rich Goddard also had a good week, reaching the last eight of Men’s Touring and winning the Open Double with Billy Speed ​​with victory over the Shropshire duo of Sian Skelton (Wrockwardine Wood) and Chris Worthington (Sir John Bayley). ) with a convincing 11-4 victory.

Former Festival winner Angela Gaut (Wrockwardine Wood) reached the quarter-finals of Ladies Tourism while Ladies Consolation went to the wire with Clair Russell (Alkincoats PWA) who just beat unlucky Sian Skelton 21-20.