Picture Gallery: Town traders settle their sporting rivalries at Fakenham Shopkeepers’ Olympics

Scenes from the Shopkeepers Olympics held in Fakenham Market Place - Team Captain for Norwich Street Rebecca Codman lfts the trophy surrounded by some of her winning team members.  Picture: Matthew Usher. Scenes from the Shopkeepers Olympics held in Fakenham Market Place - Team Captain for Norwich Street Rebecca Codman lfts the trophy surrounded by some of her winning team members. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Monday, April 21, 2014
7:58 AM

Teamwork and trading collided in Fakenham as a Showcase Fun Day and the town’s first Shopkeepers’ Olympics took over the Market Place.

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The event, on Saturday, was organised to boost local businesses by attracting more visitors, as well as helping local clubs to increase membership.

It was hailed a success story by the crowds who tried their hand at different activities, ranging from zumba and Irish dancing to rugby, table tennis and softball.

For many, the highlight of the day was the Shopkeepers’ Olympics which saw traders do battle for the Brenda Coldrick Cup, named after former Fakenham mayor and community stalwart who died in March 2012, aged 73.

The town centre was divided into four teams, based on where their shops were situated, and they fought it out in differing sporting arenas, including table tennis, a penalty shoot-out, military circuits, an inflatable golf challenge, a gym triathlon, football and a tug of war.

Rebecca Codman, from Tudor Tea Rooms, led her Norwich Street team to victory.

She said: “I challenge any other teams to beat us next year! I hope it becomes an annual event.

“The day was fantastic and the town centre was absolutely heaving.

“Our business was doing brilliantly, with people coming in especially for the event.

“Everywhere was absolutely buzzing and it just brought everyone together.”

Sports groups and other organisations were running stalls, many with have-a-go activities, throughout the day to show people what is available regularly in the Fakenham area.

Richard Crook, co-ordinator of Active Fakenham, who organised the day, was thrilled with the 40 clubs and small businesses who got together to encourage the Fakenham community to work as one for the good of the town.

“We showcased all that Fakenham has to offer,” he said. “The whole day was really successful and I am so pleased so many people came out in to the town.”

The other team captains were: Lisa Mallett, owner of Sweets ‘n’ Things, leading the Oak Street team, in green; Claire Brown, from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, with the Bridge Street team, in white: and Liam O’Sullivan from Gallery Bistro in charge of the Market Place team, in purple.

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