Historic Greatham Feast enters its 554th year

Greatham Feast 1986 and Greatham schoolchildren are pictured outside the church.
Greatham Feast 1986 and Greatham schoolchildren are pictured outside the church.

A historic village tradition will celebrate its 554th year with a string of events for all the family later this week.

Greatham Feast starts on Thursday through to Sunday, cramming in a fun-packed schedule which is sure to bring the community together once again for the annual event.

Volunters have been hard at work organising a host of events for people of all ages to enjoy.

And they hope that people from around the town will join in with one of the most historic days in Greatham’s, and in fact Hartlepool’s, calendars.

It all kicks off on Thursday, June 25, with a five-a-side football tournament on Greatham Sports Field at 5pm.

Everyone is welcome no matter their age.

That night the Hope and Anchor pub, in Front Street, is hosting a variety of darts, dominoes and cribbage competitions fropm 7.30pm.

Friday’s festivities begin with a church service at 10am, followed by the ever popular Baby Show at Greatham Community Centre at 11am, before the venue hosts the Afternoon Pensioner’s Tea.

Then at 8pm the Yard of Ale challenge will be held at the Bull and Dog, in High Street.

The big day is Saturday when villagers will don their best fancy dress and and decorate their bikes for the parade through the village which sets off at 1pm from The Smiths Arms to the Community Centre where the judging will take place.

Everyone then moves to the green for an afternoon of fun and games including amusements and stalls, glamourous grandmother competition, magic show, balloon modelling, Ami Ford’s zumba show and more.

The entertainment continues into the night when The Hobbies will perform on the green. Take along your own refreshements and seating and dance the night away.

The Feast draws to a close for another year on Sunday afternoon, when families are invited back to the green for fun sports and children’s tea.