Rural ways over two days at Holbeach Town and Country Fayre

The winners of the annual World Cabbage Hurling competition from South Holland LIVES First Responders.
The winners of the annual World Cabbage Hurling competition from South Holland LIVES First Responders.
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Punch and Judy, donkey rides, comedy bingo, live music, a double decker bus selling fish and chips tractor antics and the annual World Cabbage Hurling competition.

This year’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre was an event-filled two days at King’s Field, Holbeach, at the weekend.

Organiser Andrew French said: “People spent a lot of time and thought on setting up the Town and Country Fayre all year and it went very, very well.

“We had a vehicle recovery demonstration, obstacle course for tractors and trailers, live music from Tony G and a barn dance on Saturday that ran on into the early hours of Sunday.

“There were more trade stands this year than we’ve had before and we also had an excellent turnout of classic cars.”

The cabbage hurling contest, sponsored by Naylor Farms of Moulton Seas End, was won by Donington and Gosberton LIVES.

A competitor comes unstuck in the Tractor Antics competition at this year's Holbeach Town and Country Fayre.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

A competitor comes unstuck in the Tractor Antics competition at this year's Holbeach Town and Country Fayre. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Contest organiser John Ward said: “The World Cabbage Hurling competition went very well on Sunday, with 19 teams of three adults competing over two rounds split up during the programme.

“At the end, the final winners were local charity Donington and Gosberton LIVES and, as a courtesy, Simon Naylor of Naylor Farms with his father Brian, proudly presented the silver Ashley King Cup, as donated by Mr King himself, to the winners.

“But LIVES decided that the £150 cash prize should be donated to the cause, as opposed to splitting it up among themselves as other winners have perhaps done in the past.

“On hearing of this, Naylor Farms said they would match their own donation with another £150 as a gesture and I think everybody concerned was quite rightly gobsmacked by this rather unusual but thoughtful gesture.”

People had spent a lot of time and thought on setting up the Town and Country Fayre all year and it went very, very well

Holbeach Town and Country Fayre organiser Andrew French

The fayre was staged on land owned by Holbeach property developer Ashley King who said: “As a family, we have supported the Holbeach Town and Country Fayre for many years and so we are delighted how it has evolved into an event for all the family.

“A lot of hard work and dedication goes into it from all the volunteers and the fact that it helps local charities is very commendable.”

Anyone interested in helping out at next year’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre, either as a member of the organising committee or as a volunteer, should call Andrew French on 01406 490642 or 07599 634830.

Peter and Robert Whitmore with their 1922 Aveling and Porter steam road roller.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Peter and Robert Whitmore with their 1922 Aveling and Porter steam road roller. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse meet Lakisha and Saffron Hickson.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse meet Lakisha and Saffron Hickson. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Shannon Bellamy tries out one of the garden tractors on display.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Shannon Bellamy tries out one of the garden tractors on display. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Town and Country Fayre stewards Ben Allen and Jenny Newell at work in the mud.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Town and Country Fayre stewards Ben Allen and Jenny Newell at work in the mud. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Ron Macdonald with his 1936 Czech Republic-made Wanderer JAWA motorbike.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Ron Macdonald with his 1936 Czech Republic-made Wanderer JAWA motorbike. Photo by Tim Wilson.