Downham Games set for biggest event yet

Organisers of the Downham Games are set to stage their biggest event yet when the annual attraction takes place this weekend.

A host of sporting activities will be on offer when the games open on the Memorial Field on Sunday morning.

And the event’s co-ordinator, Frances Rayner, said the event was continuing to go from strength to strength.

She said: “This is our fifth year and we have got more activities than ever.

“We haven’t gone looking for them. These are people who have come to us and offered them to us.”

Registration of participants will start at 10.30am ahead of a ceremony at 10.45am in which the games will be opened by Evey Cornelius, who won a competition to design a flag for the event, which will be paraded.

A range of athletic competitions and other free sporting activities, including cricket, cycling, archery and even a tyre and rowing challenge organised by Alive Leisure, will then get under way at 11am.

And, in a new addition to the games, a display area, operating from 1pm to 2.30, will offer visitors the chance to see demonstrations of sports including taekwondo and fencing, as well as tug-of-war or even Space Hopper racing.

The Downham Marquettes will also be performing during that period, before prizes are presented to the winners of the athletic competitions at 2.30pm.