Brothers crowned jelly-throwing champions

Janet Widdowson and Carol Abrams in the produce section at Whaplode Drove Country Fair. Photo:SG240711-15MD
Janet Widdowson and Carol Abrams in the produce section at Whaplode Drove Country Fair. Photo:SG240711-15MD

BROTHERS Nathan and Regan have been crowned winners of the first-ever world jelly-throwing championships.

BROTHERS Nathan and Regan have been crowned winners of the first-ever world jelly-throwing championships.

Ian Parrish works up a head of steam with one of his working models on display at Whaplode Country Fair. Photo:SG240711-14MD

Ian Parrish works up a head of steam with one of his working models on display at Whaplode Country Fair. Photo:SG240711-14MD

The youngsters, aged just 12 and 11, beat off some not-so-wobbly competition from nine other teams taking part in the inaugral event, which was held as part of Whaplode Drove Country Fair.

Their winning jelly-catching load was a whopping 2.29kg and netted them a certificate from country fair organiser Amanda Pell.

Mrs Pell said: “This year’s fair was a fantastic show and the jelly-throwing was really great fun and went really well.

“The whole day was better than our wildest dreams, and the young lads did really well to beat nine other teams for the championship title.

Ted Ayres shows off his 1938 Austin Ruby as one of the vintage vehicles on display at Whaplode Country Fair. Photo:SG240711-13MD

Ted Ayres shows off his 1938 Austin Ruby as one of the vintage vehicles on display at Whaplode Country Fair. Photo:SG240711-13MD

“The field was absolutely packed with attractions and visitors and it was a huge success.

“Since the fair I have had people coming up to me in the street and hugging me and saying what a great day it was.”

Other attractions during the event, which was officially opened by Spalding Flower Queen Daisy Ivatt, included morris dancing, Holbeach Town Band, steam engines, craft demonstrations, woodturning, bygone displays, facepainting, Shetland pony rides, a vintage fruit van and a collection of old projectors and home cinema equiment – to name but a few.

The sun shone for the event, which attracted more than 1,000 visitors and raised around £3,000 for the Elizabethan Centre funds.

It is hoped the money will be used to provide more activities at the centre to improve life for people of Whaplode Drove.

A website has been set up dedicated to the event – www.wdcountryfair.co.uk