LINDFIELD VILLAGE DAY
This annual event is held on Lindfield Common and is a large and complex event with over 80 individual stalls covering charities, local organisations and commercial companies plus there are fairground rides, vintage cars on display and many food and drinks outlets. It is attended by hundreds of people. The event was up and running by late morning and the OEU started playing out at 12 noon continuing on t ill after 4.30
The OEU team led by Wendy comprised Poppa Roy, Sol, Jack (star of the show), Linda Wishart and of course our invaluable Gary. Cathy, Jo and Jenny ran their traditional popular Teddy Tombola and raised £68.50 towards MDR funds
The event started with a long procession which assembled in a local playing field, proceded down the High St and arrived on the village green. Poppa Roy commentated on the procession arriving on the green together with Gary where judges awarded rosettes for the winners of 'the best walking group’, ‘the best float’ and a ‘special award’. Then Sol announced the winners of the rosettes
The next event was the ‘firing of the anvil’ which involves gunpowder and fuse being placed into a hole in an anvil (on the back of a trailer), which is then lit and followed by very noisy explosions. Gary explained to crowds the history of the event and Sol provided a running commentary as it was taking place.
Jack then began commentating on the Grand Competition and interviewed local celebrity Katie Derham (of Strictly Come Dancing Fame) who was judging the competition.
He moved onto commentating in brilliant style, running alongside the competitors, on the 3 legged races and the Pantomime horse race. He followed this by giving a running commentary from the dog judging ring including interviewing dog owners. To complete his busy afternoon, Jack then announced the result of the Grand raffle. Whilst all this was happening Wendy, Linda and Sol (assisted by Carla the dog) played music, conducted interviews and provided information on ongoing events, lost property, lost children-
The organisers were very appreciative of all our efforts and Wendy has had several local residents compliment us on our contribution to the event. Again, many thanks go to Gary for setting up and closing down the unit.
Our techie Gary relaxing for a moment
Cathy and Jo… Queens of the
Conferring with organiser David Tingley
Our Jack compares the Dog Show