Tillington villagers celebrate their very own Olympics

C121012-12 Mid Tillolympics  phot kate
C121012-12 Mid Tillolympics phot kate

An Olympian-style effort was made when crowds turned out for Tillington’s very own Olympic Games.

Around 200 villagers flocked to the recreation ground on Saturday, August 4 to take part in the Olympic-themed event.

C121012-3 Mid Tillolympics  phot kate Team Orange playing Darchery.C121012-3

C121012-3 Mid Tillolympics phot kate Team Orange playing Darchery.C121012-3

Altogether 72 competitors enjoyed a whole host of fun-filled activities free of charge, from archery to netball, hockey to long jump.

The event attracted a variety of visitors, ages ranging from babies to villagers in their 90s, who turned out in full force to enjoy the whole host of activites on offer.

“It was quite an event, it was extraordinary. We tried to do something that would entertain all age groups. There was something to watch and see all the time and people were entertained, it was just wonderful and everyone had a lovely time,” said Vivienne Blunt, chairman of the Tillington committee.

A variety of races were also enjoyed by competitors all keen to receive the highest score and be awarded with a medal, including an obstacle race and sack race.

A highlight was the visit of community star and torchbearer Gerald Gresham-Cooke, who proudly carried the Olympic flame through the village as part of its journey on July 18.

The 70-year-old completed a lap of honour around the cricket ground with the Olympic torch, joined by a group of children who ran alongside him, all keen to catch a glimpse of the prestigious torch. Children also had the opportunity to hold the torch and see it close up.

“It was about trying to get a cross section of the village where everyone could come along and enjoy a day without having to spend money. I was very happy with the turn out, everyone had a great time,” added Ian Fergusson, Tillington committee member.

The closing of was given some royal treatment, with Vivienne dressing up as the Queen to award each of the 72 competitors 
with a medal.

“The day wouldn’t have worked if people had not volunteered and put in such time and support, the people in the village are absolutely brilliant,” added Vivienne.