Box Day 2013

Tea timeOn Saturday 22nd June Oulton gathered at the playing field for the annual celebration of the village’s special day – Box Day.  The weather was undecided, but that did not put off many stalwarts who arrived to enjoy the games, the teas and the company.

27Our wonderful story teller set up in the new mini-marquee, faces were painted, fortunes told and the firemen added additional drama as they were rushed away to a real fire.

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The usual races were enjoyed by an enthusiastic band of children:-  Egg-and-spoon,  sack race,  3-legged race and of course the circular “horse” race, performed in full fancy dress with only galloping allowed!  The whole event is ebulliently non-PC and fuelled, at least in part,  by the sugar-rush induced by the generous and continuous distribution of chocolates and sweets at the finishing line.

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After the tug-o’-war,  won decisively in a best-of-3 by the Cow Pasture End,  the Family Rounders Match commenced.  The teams were captained this year by Jonah Poole (son of Ian and Nicola)  and Tommy (son of Catherine and grandson of Ksynia and Keith).  Competition was fierce, half-rounders were allowed – in part to accommodate the fact that some of the younger competitors had to be carried round by elder siblings or parents!  In spite of some impressive catches by Tommy,  Jonah’s team won a knife-edge victory (3.5 v. 4 rounders)  and he was duly presented with the Jo Wakefield Memorial Trophy to be kept at his home over the next year. The presentation of the trophy this year was a particular event in itself as it was made by Jo Wakefield’s daughter, Samantha.  She and her family had made a special trip from their current home in Derbyshire in order to participate. They threw themselves with gusto and good will into all the games, and we look forward to welcoming them to many more Box Days in the future.

34After the sporting events things calmed down, barbecues were lit, bottles were opened and everyone settle for a serious natter, which moved over to the bonfire as the light faded.

Many many thanks go to Antonia, Lesley and Kim for their two years of Box Day management which have resulted in two very memorable days.

The photographs were taken by Ivan, for which we are very grateful.

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