Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society

Les Webb of Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society and Pippa Cross who presented the prizes at the Dig for Victory fete in Cowbeech.
Les Webb of Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society and Pippa Cross who presented the prizes at the Dig for Victory fete in Cowbeech.
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The sun shone as residents turned out for the annual Cowbeech Dig for Victory fete on Sunday (August 4).

The fete, held in Cowbeech village, near Herstmonceux, looks back to the 1940s when people were encouraged to grow their own vegetables and fruit and make their own possessions.

Flowers, handwork, and knitting were exhibitedto be judged on the day and a dog show took place where pet pooches were judged on waggiest tail, best trick, most handsome dog and and dog the judge would most like to take home.

The best in the show received a special cup.

The dog show was followed by a Tug-o-War where teams were formed on the spot and pulled their hearts out under the watchful eye of Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society Chairman, Mick Goodsell.

There was plenty of food on offer as a barbeque cooked up tasty treats. The Tea Ladies of the Naafi also served tea and cakes and there was a beer tent selling Harvey’s ale.

The day was complemented by the sounds of The Swingtime Sweethearts, who sang war time favourites, and the Warbleton Brass Band.

On the day, people could also have their face painted, bet on the speed of maggots, lift huge piles of bricks, buy clothes and bric-a-brac, throw Wellington boots, and take part in a tombola.World War II vehicles were also on display.

The event is hosted by The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society, a charity which raises money for good causes.