Wet weather moved a few degrees north to allow for a sunshine bathed High Weald Games in Cowfold on Saturday (July 21).
Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper, declared the Games open to the event that attracted around 2,000 attendees at Mr and Mrs Gordon Tregear’s home, Long House.
The day provided fun for all ages with The Pinstripe Highlanders playing the bagpipes and competitions and entertainment including; side shows; pet portraits; fly tying; face painting; and pony rides.
Competitions included ‘throwing the wellie’ and ‘tossing the Sussex caber’ and a new event for the South East – a solo bagpiping competition - was won by Pinstriper Neil Gillies.
Mr Tregear said the Pinstripe Highlanders provided plenty of entertainment throughout the day.
“Another Pinstripe Highlander did a ‘fly-past’ in his yellow biplane and waggled his wings a few times over the Games field,” he said. “The Games were run entirely by volunteers and the immense generosity of so many local people, particularly Sally Tanner and Nigel Lewis, head keeper on South Lodge Estate, made it possible.”
After a fantastic turn-out and 500 baps filled with a spit roast of lamb, pig and venison, it is hoped that over £7,000 was raised for the chosen charities: The Sussex Community Foundation, St Catherine’s Hospice and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Mr Tregear said: “The hard work put in by all was rewarded by a very successful happy day for this High Weald Gathering of people not only from Sussex but of friends and supporters from far and wide.”