Meet the youngest member of Scrabble club – by 50 years

Cotswold Journal: WORD POWER: Young Scrabble enthusiast Josh Irvine WORD POWER: Young Scrabble enthusiast Josh Irvine

A YOUNG Scrabble player from Fladbury will be hoping to be word-perfect this weekend when he competes in the game’s World Youth Championships.

Josh Irvine, aged 13, will play in 24 Scrabble games across three days.

This year’s event in Birmingham will see about 100 young people competing for £1,500 worth of prizes.

Josh, who is the youngest member of the Pershore Scrabble Club in Fladbury by almost 50 years, is well prepared with a list of odd words.

He said: “The weirdest word I have ever used was ‘brrr’. I know a lot of two letter and three-letter words and lots using a q, x, j or z because they give you the most points. The highest scoring word I have ever had was ‘quiver’, which gave me an extra 50 points because I used up all my letters.

Fellow club member Yvonne McKeon said: “Josh is the only member of the club under the age of 60. He just loves to play.

Going to the championship is a huge achievement.”

Anyone who is interested in joining the club, which meets at Fladbury sports pavilion on Thursdays at 7pm, can call Yvonne on 01386 861940 or e-mail ybmckeon@madasafish.com.

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