Dogs, eggs and laughter at Belstone

Belstone is always beautiful with a stunning backdrop in one of this county’s prettiest villages, but on the day of the village fair it was bathed in sunshine and baking on the hottest day of the year.

Most of the hundreds of people who attended made for the shade of the trees with ice creams or lollies in hand to watch the dog racing organised by Ian Brackenby which had the spectators in fits of laughter, followed by the star attraction – The Belstone Egg throwing competition.

The age old traditional competition is simple; a team of two who throw a real, not hardboiled, egg from one to the other then take two paces back with each throw. The further they part the more likely the egg is to break. It all gets very messy towards the end.

The last team to still have an egg intact at the end of the competition wins the coveted silver trophy. This year the trophy was shared between two teams of Tom and Chris Walsh and Tom and Jon Pike both from the village. Chris Walsh is becoming a bit of an expert as he won this same challenge last year.

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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