Greatham Feast is back again - here’s a taste of what’s on

Queen of the Feast Mae Coleman, centre, with her attendants Olivia Kidson and Chloe Hutchinson.
Queen of the Feast Mae Coleman, centre, with her attendants Olivia Kidson and Chloe Hutchinson.

One of England’s longest running traditions returns to Greatham for the 555th year.

The Greatham Feast is now just days away and organisers are hoping for glorious weather to make it a massive success.

The 'A Team' in the Greatham Feast fancy dress competition.

The 'A Team' in the Greatham Feast fancy dress competition.

The Feast committee chairman Bev Hutchinson said the tried and test format which had worked for so long would be used again for the Feast which begins on Thursday, June 23, and continues until Sunday, June 26.

“We are not changing anything that is not broken,” said Bev.

But some events which were part of the Feast in years gone by will be resurrected.

Watch out for lots of games such as tug of war and tossing the sheaf.

It has always been really popular and the villagers support it really well. There is all sorts going on.

Bev Hutchinson, chair of the Greatham Feast committee

Relay races, egg and spoon challenges and other traditional games will also be held for the children of the village near Hartlepool.

Other highlights will include darts and dominoes, the yard of ale competition and a children’s five-a-side football contest.

There will be a pensioners tea party, a baby show as well as the traditional church service at the parish church of St John the Baptist.

On the Saturday afternoon, crowds will gather on the village green after the fancy dress parade.

A Brazillian theme amongst the fancy dress at the Greatham Feast.

A Brazillian theme amongst the fancy dress at the Greatham Feast.

One of the traditional aspects of the event has already been held. This year’s Queen of the Feast has been chosen and 15-year-old Mae Coleman has been crowned.

Her duties will include presenting prizes and leading the church service parade. Her two attendants will be Olivia Kidson, 15, and Chloe Hutchinson, 12.

Greatham Feast has been held in the village since the 15th Century to help bring the community together and to mark the birthday of St John the Baptist which is on June 24.

This year’s event has been co-ordinated by a committee of five people, with the support of all the village. They have worked tirelessly all year to fundraise.

Move It with Ami Ford doing a Zumba demonstration at Greatham Feast

Move It with Ami Ford doing a Zumba demonstration at Greatham Feast

“It all comes from village donations,” said Bev.

Anyone wanting more details on the event can contact Bev on 07900 151283.

The Greatham Feast obstacle race in the 1980s.

The Greatham Feast obstacle race in the 1980s.