Festival of Fun marks club's anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:23 28 July 2006 | UPDATED: 22:00 28 May 2010

A youngster emerges from the maze’, one of the event’s popular attractions

A youngster emerges from the maze', one of the event's popular attractions

KARATE demonstrations, archery and games of rounders were just a few activities that helped brighten up a damp day in Doddington on Saturday. It was organised by Benwick Athletic Football Club, who were celebrating their 70th anniversary with their festiv

Pirate Dennis Stapleton on patrol - Pics: BRIAN PURDY

KARATE demonstrations, archery and games of rounders were just a few activities that helped brighten up a damp day in Doddington on Saturday.

It was organised by Benwick Athletic Football Club, who were celebrating their 70th anniversary with their festival of fun.

The day began with a parade from their old field in Benwick to the one they currently use, the Dack Fields in Beech Avenue, Doddington.

It included a 1931 Bedford wartime lorry, used in television show Dad's Army, and an appearance by George Savage, who at 81 is one of the oldest living former players of Benwick Athletic. He played for them nearly 70 years ago.

Councillor Steve Garratt, Fenland Council's portfolio holder for sports, leisure and young people, officially opening the festival. during which Benwick's teams took part in rounders tournaments against teams from Wimblington and Doddington.

Other activities included sponge throwing, beat the buzzer, maggot racing and Harley Davidson rides, with various demonstrations including the March Shotocan Karate Club.

Under-18s player Nathan Newman, from Wimblington, walked away with a shirt signed by Sir Trevor Brooking as part of a raffle.

A birthday cake was made and young Benwick players were presented with a commemorative cap to mark the occasion, before celebrations restarted in the evening with a hog roast and karaoke.

Money raised from the day will go towards the running costs of the club, which has teams in seven age groups.

- Anyone interested in joining Benwick Athletic Football Club as a fund-raiser, coach or player can contact Colin Brown on 01354 741111.

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