Summit Special for the weekend in Denton

Tuf of war at Summit Special
Tuf of war at Summit Special

An afternoon of sporting challenges was staged in Denton in aid of Denton Church and the James Daniels Memorial Fund on Saturday June 8.

The Denton Challenge Summit Special on Saturday June 8 featured displays from Hula-maniacs, Norcross Dancers and belly dancing at the Avis Way Recreation Ground.

It celebrated the 60th anniversary of the coronation of the Queen and the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Mount Everest.

One of the organisers, Everest mountaineer Cliff Dargonne, who lives in Denton, said: “The wind blew in from the north, but the sun shone on, and a glorious day started with a few words from Norman Baker MP, who welcomed hundreds of locals, visitors, families and friends and encouraged them to enjoy the selection of sporting challenges on offer.

“Summit Special was well supported by local businesses, councils and charities, and our thanks go out to them for enabling us to organise such a successful and enjoyable, inclusive day.

“It looks as though over £3,000 will have been raised for local charities and clubs from the day.

“We had about 800 adults and children attending, with around 200 taking part in the sporting challenges on offer.”

It was organised by a committee from Denton Church, the James Daniels Memorial Fund and local volunteers.

Local sports and social groups ran sporting challenges which could be enjoyed for a nominal charge.

Participants then claimed their Summit Special rosette before enjoying a free burger from the Denton Scouts Barbecue.

Stickers and certificates were also issued courtesy of Active Sussex.

Games were provided by Newhaven Cricket and Tennis Clubs, DASH JFC, South Heighton Bonfire Society, Plumpton Bowmen and others.

There were performances from Denton Community Choir, Scrivens Martial Arts and Seaford Dog Agility Club.

Fete stalls and attractions were provided by local groups and charities including Haydn’s Wish, South Heighton WI, Denton Brownies, Help for Heroes, GOSH and others. There was also a climbing wall.

The afternoon finished with the tug of war competition, with teams from Autowise, the Flying Fish and others competing. This year’s winners were from Titan Fitness in both the men’s and women’s events.

Trophies and rosettes were presented on the podium.

The James Daniels Memorial Trust supports local sports clubs, for example with buying new kits.