Village bouncing for feast

Children from Greatham Primary School gathered on the Green after the church service.
Children from Greatham Primary School gathered on the Green after the church service.
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PROUD parents packed out a village hall for an annual baby competition.

Greatham Community Centre was bouncing with activity for the popular competition yesterday as the village’s summer festivities got underway.

The competitors in the Greatham Feast bonny baby competition.

The competitors in the Greatham Feast bonny baby competition.

Earlier, schoolchildren took part in a church service to celebrate the arrival of Greatham Feast.

The village has held games and activities for 552 years to celebrate the birth of St John the Baptist.

A total of 13 cute youngsters, aged from just a few weeks old to 30 months, entered the baby show afterwards.

Midwives judged Masie Lee, who won the year to 18 months age category, as the overall winner.

Christine Coleman, of Greatham Feast Committee, said: “The church service was absolutely wonderful and all the mothers and children had a good time and once again it was well supported by the community.

“The judges had a very difficult decision to choose the winners.”

The event’s other beaming winners were Casey Cornforth in the 18-30 months section and Luke Andrews in the six to 12 months category.

Judges could not pick between joint winners Zak Chapelhow and Arli Jack Vaughan in the birth to six months category.

Greatham Primary School pupils, waving St George flags, paraded from school to St John The Baptist Church yesterday morning for the service attended by other members of the community.

The children wrote their own prayers and led readings.

Nicola Dunn, headteacher at Greatham Primary School, said: “It was a lovely service and was really well attended by the parents.

“The children read beautifully in church.”
Greatham Feast continues this weekend. The highlight is a fancy dress parade today from The Smiths Arms pub at 1pm and fete on the green.

Attractions at the fete include performances from the Northern School of Music, the Peppermints girl group, village singer Chloe, Val Armstrong School of Dance and Lil Diamondz.

The Hobbies will entertain with a show on the night while Sunday sees a family sports afternoon, also on the green, with races and a children’s tea.