Hundreds enjoy outdoor fun at Downham Market Games

The Downham Market Games. Picture: Ian Burt

The Downham Market Games. Picture: Ian Burt

Hundreds of visitors joined in the fun at the Downham Market Games, which this year gave a nod to the Rio 2016 Olympics with its own special opening ceremony complete with samba music.

The festival of sport attracted around 700 people to the Memorial Field, where participants could compete in athletics events as well as try out activities including fencing and archery.

Sport-lovers could also try their hand at rowing, aided by the West Norfolk Rowing Club and indulge in a spot of cricket, tennis, squash and football.

Everyone who participated in the games was awarded a medal and – in true Olympic fashion – the winners stood on podiums to receive their bronze, silver or gold medals.

Organiser Frances Rayner said: 'There were lots of smiles, people were saying how much they loved it and enjoyed it.

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'It's an opportunity for the town and other communities of west Norfolk to come along and take part.'

The 48-year-old added: 'It was absolutely jam-packed, we had a fabulous time.'

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A total of five schools in the area got involved with the games this year by entering designs for flags which incorporated the Rio and Downham Games.

Hillcrest Primary School pupil Evey Cornelius proudly waved her winning design as part of the opening ceremony.

The nine-year-old even got the chance to officially opening the games as she said: 'The games are now open.'

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