Docking and Terrington triumph in West Norfolk Village games at Lynnsport in King's Lynn
PUBLISHED: 17:25 30 June 2013 | UPDATED: 17:25 30 June 2013
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Docking were among the winners for the ninth year running at the West Norfolk Village Games.
They took home the small village trophy from yesterday’s event at Lynnsport, while Terrington St Clement won the silverware in the medium village section.
Around 1,000 people from 23 villages took part in events ranging from darts and carpet bowls, to rounders and five-a-side.
As the scores were being totted up afterwards, West Norfolk Mayor Liz Watson, who was on hansd to present a stream of medals, said: “What I want to do is say thank you, especially to the villagers who organise the teams, because they do such a fantastic job.
“I’d also like to say thank you to all the people here as they do a really good job of getting everything organised.
“Keep going, keep competing and get our neighbouring villages in next year.”
West Norfolk sports development manager Roger Partridge, in his 21st year of organising the event, said: “It’s fantastic
to have all the areas of Lynnsport, the whole place, full of people playing sports, people of all ages, all mixing and having fun.”
There were special awards for Geoff Sturgeon, Jo Walton and Graham Rogerson, who have orgainised the badminton, netball and table tennis respectively, since the first event held a year after Lynnsport opened, in 1992.
This year’s winners go forward to the Norfolk-wide village games, being held in Norwich in two weeks’ time.
They include winners Docking and runners-up Methwold in the small village category.
Terrington, South Wootton and GLEAM (Gayton, Leziate, East Winch, Ashwicken and Middleton), go through in the medium catregory.
Downham Market will also compete in the large village/town category, after going through on a bye.
Docking village sports co-ordinator Ian Kissock said: “This is an awesome win for us because for the first time we didn’t enter all the events, so it was a special effort from everyone involved.”
Docking badminton player Jim Edge has been competing against other communities since the forerunner of the village games, in the early 1980s.
“I’ve been playing all my life,” he said. “I’m 64 now but I can’t stop because I just love it.”
Results In Full: SMALL VILLAGE 1 Docking (42 points), 2 Methwold (39), 3 Gt Massingham (38), 4 Tilneys (35), 5 Harpley, Houghton and Lt Massingham (33). MEDIUM VILLAGE 1 Terrington St Clement (42), 2 S Wootton (41), 3 GLEAM (39), 4 Walpoles (37), 5 Dersingham (31), 6 West Winch, Setchey and North Runcton (30), 7 (20) Wiggenhalls.