Step back in time at Dig For Victory

Dig for Victory show. Photo by Sally Wallis SUS-150728-123033001
Dig for Victory show. Photo by Sally Wallis SUS-150728-123033001

The Cowbeech Bonfire Society will stage the 20th year of the summer show Dig for Victory this weekend.

Dig for Victory is a principal money-raiser for the Cowbeech Bonfire Society, which in 2015 distributed £8,250 to local good causes.

The Bonfire Society aims to run various events throughout the year, with all surpluses being earmarked to support local organisations for the young, those with disabilities, the elderly and individuals deserving support.

The event, at the Merrie Harriers on Sunday, August 2, will see vintage World War Two vehicles and their owners in authentic 1940s dress, with live music from the Warbleton Brass Band accompanying pre-recorded music from the WWII era.

There will be marquees full of fruit, vegetables, crafts, cakes, preserves, handicrafts and photographs all entered by keen local enthusiasts wanting to win points, prizes and trophies in recognition of their efforts.

This year, the prizes will be presented by Pippa Cross, a resident of Cowbeech and a film producer whose recent credits include “Desert Dancer”, which was the runner-up for the Audience Award at the recent Edinburgh Film Festivl, and “A Hundred Streets” starring Idris Elba.

There will also be stalls books, bric-a-brac, face painting, games and much more.

Refreshments are available on the day from a tea tent and beer tent, serving local Harveys ales and bitter, and volunteers serving locally made burgers and hot dogs.

The ‘Companion Dog Show’ features again this year, which has proven to be a popular attraction in the past.

For those wishing to participate with your pet, there are separate entry arrangements and a £1 entry fee per class. There is no need to pre-register as people can be accommodated on the day.

More traditional entertainment will be provided by a “Punch and Judy” performance before the evening ends with a special Dig for Victory meal, for which it will be best to make a reservation.

There is a free car park, which opens its gates at 1:30pm, and entrance fees are £1 for adults and just 50p for children and concessions.

A spokesperson for the Cowbeech Bonfire Society said: “Nineteen years ago, at the start of this new tradition, it would have cost you no more than £1 to attend but by some miracle, time really has stood still at Dig for Victory and to gain entry will still set you back no more than £1.00.

“By any method of calculation, this promises to be an interesting, entertaining, affordable and very enjoyable day out.”

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