VIDEO: Hundreds turn out for ‘best ever’ Downham Market Games

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Around 700 people attended Downham Games at the town’s Memorial Fields on Sunday to take part in an array of competitions and sports taster sessions.

The games opened with a procession around the display area, including the Games’ flag which was waved by Evey Cornelius, of Hilcrest Primary School, who won a competition for her flag design, an official London 2012 Olympic torch and holder of the title West Norfolk Sportsman Of The Year, Matt Pyatt.

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Downham Games Freya Navrady 5 with Shaun Fox ANL-161206-185045009

Zumba was the first of the day’s sports activities, with Amy Metcalfe from Alive Leisure leading the opening celebrations in the display area.

Later on in the day competitive streaks were shown by those who took part in the athletics which involved a standing high jump, a javelin throw and various races.

This year the Games, which nodded to the upcoming Olympics in Rio, had its biggest audience since it began in 2012.

Organiser Frances Rayner said: “Every year I say ‘this is our best turnout’ but actually I think this year is by far the best turnout that we’ve had.”

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Downham Games Toby Hakin 8 ANL-161206-185034009

There were plenty of free taster sessions for everyone to get stuck into too: from fencing to tennis, and archery to cricket - the Memorial Fields were full of choice for young and old.

Mrs Rayner added: “Every time I’ve walked around there’s been someone at everything.

“The athletics competition was really busy, and things like the Nerf gun wars are always a great attraction - the kids love it.”

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