Torrential rain was not enough to stop the 22nd annual West Norfolk Village Games from going ahead with another fantastic event full of fierce, but fun, competition.
Around 800 competitors gathered at Lynnsport on Sunday to take part in 19 sports events packed with the usual mix of fun, enthusiasm and competitive spirit.
Reigning champions Terrington St Clement defended last year’s win of the medium village trophy, while Harpley, Houghton and the Massinghams took the small village crown.
Organiser Roger Partridge said: “It was a fantastic day and the Village Games never fails to impress. It turned out not too nice at the start of the day and there was some worry the whole day’s play would be abandoned, but it turned out to be a lovely day in the end.
“It was a brilliant day for everyone with a great atmosphere and everyone had a wonderful time. There was a good crowd of spectators at each of the events.”
Taking over Lynnsport in an event that resembles an Olympic Games for villages, 10 teams took part with collaborations between teams as they vied for the titles.
Roger said: “Only three points separated the top three villages in the medium category – it was very close!
“And in the small village category, Harpley, Houghton and the Massinghams did a great job – even beating the medium villages in some of the games.”
The day concluded with West Norfolk’s mayor and mayoress, Barry and Christine Ayres, making the presentations in a packed Sandringham Suite with much excitement among the participants as the final results were announced.
Winners and runners-up will now represent West Norfolk in the Active Norfolk Village Games final against other district winners from across the county at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich on July 15.