Challenge the tug of war champs at Chatteris Midsummer Festival

Chatteris Midsummer Fetival

Chatteris Midsummer Fetival - Credit: Archant

Newly created bunting will adorn Chatteris High Street when the Midsummer Festival comes to town in June.

Two fun-filled days will take place at Furrowfields recreation ground on June 28 and 29 with the theme of the Armed Forces to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 70th anniversary of D Day.

Applications are being accepted to join the walking parade which will launch the Festival. The parade begins at 11am at Church Lane car park and will make its way through the town centre hopefully cheered on by a large crowd.

Festival organisers are looking for adult and youth teams to take part in the It’s A Knockout and Tug of War competitions which have become a popular feature of Sunday’s activities.

A team from the Sportsman have been the undisputed Tug of War champions for the past two years but do you have a team of six who could usurp them?


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This year the Festival organisers made up of Fenland District Council, Chatteris Town Council and volunteers, are teaming up with a local firm who supply inflatables to create an It’s a Knockout course which should test not only the stamina, humour and balance of participants but also their aim and mental ability.

Teams of six to eight competitors are invited to take on the challenge.

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Teams will have to book in advance this year, the closing time for entries is 11am on June 29, but to guarantee a place it would be advisable to contact town clerk Joanna Melton before the festival begins on 01354 695166 or e-mail Chatteris council@btconnect.com.

Sunday’s festivities will include the increasingly popular dog show, which last year attracted dozens of entries.

The Festival ground will feature arena performances, stalls, games for children.

Entry is £1 per person each day which gives the visitor entry to the Party in the Park on the Saturday evening when local singers and bands, including the acclaimed Violet Bones, will entertain and prove that the Fens have talent.

The organising committee is always on the lookout for anyone willing to help with stewarding duties during the weekend. If you are willing to volunteer to help in any way, would like to join the parade or require further information please contact Mrs Melton.

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