Gallery: Medieval day of merriment at Tillington

THERE was all the fun of the medieval fair in Tillington as villagers celebrated 800 years of Magna Carta.

More than 500 people turned out for the occasion which offered the chance to have a go at everything from jousting, medieval sawing and pottery to dog racing and joining in the Tilling epic tug of war.

Vice-chairman of the organising committee Gerald Gresham Cooke said: “We did something for the Queen’s jubilee three years ago and villagers decided they wanted to do something special this year.”

The group decided to celebrate the signing by King John of the great charter in 1215 which was billed as a ‘joyous occasion, full of merriment and laughter for young and old’.

The occasion came complete with its own play telling the story of King Richard, which was specially written, directed and produced by villager Lee Lavington who also made the costumes.

Children took part in a medieval fancy dress competition at the village hall, marching to the recreation ground where prizes were awarded, led by a piper and accompanied by Stan the Lamb.

“It was a wonderful day,” said Gerald. “It was a tremendous fun and that was really the object of organising it, so we were very happy to also make a little money for charity.”

Donations will go to the Winston’s Wish charity based at Horsham and the remainder will go towards the restoration fund for the village church of All Hallows.

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