Village effort makes Sawley’s first Olympics a success

Dawn Abbott has a go at limbo dancing. (1107173AM2)
Dawn Abbott has a go at limbo dancing. (1107173AM2)
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AROUND 200 visitors have helped make the first Sawley Village Olympics a huge success.

The event – which featured six adult teams and three children’s teams taking part in competitions on the village green – was held on Sunday, July 17.

Messy fun in the egg-throwing competition. (1107173AM3)

Messy fun in the egg-throwing competition. (1107173AM3)

Organising committee member Ted Flexman said: “I feel the day went well – it was a real village effort. The event is for the whole district and we had people from as far as Killinghall and beyond Ripon as well as two special visitors from Australia.”

The day started with an opening ceremony, featuring the competing teams and the steel band and African drumming group from Fountains Primary School in Grantley, which culminated in the lighting of the Olympic torch.

The team competitions on the village green included a giant marble run, space hopper relay, target frisbee, dressing-up relay, wellie-wanging and egg-throwing.

When the points were totted up, The Love Handles team was declared the winner and presented with a special trophy made from a vintage discus by local woodturner Robin Godfrey, who also made the skittles used in the nine-pin bowling that visitors were able to play.

Charlie Bentall and his three-year-old daughter Katie play croquet. (1107173AM4)

Charlie Bentall and his three-year-old daughter Katie play croquet. (1107173AM4)

Other activities visitors were able to play included a coconut shy care of Grantley Saw Mills, limbo dancing, bale tossing, croquet, table tennis and ferret bingo.

Top quality refreshments were also available with ice cream from G&T’s in Risplith, food from the Sawley Arms inn, and preserves from Rachel Benson using fruit from her forest garden at Old Sleningford Farm. There was also a beer and wine marquee and tea room in the village hall.

Other attractions included a plant stall run by the Walled Garden Scheme in Ripon.

Part of the proceeds from the day will be used to help one of the area’s Olympic hopefuls for London 2012 and Mr Flexman said the committee planned to hold the event again next year.

Pictures by Adrian Murray