Fun and games at the Feast

Benjamin Adlard Community Primary team "Benjees Bells" taking part in the Morton Feast G110709-2a
Benjamin Adlard Community Primary team "Benjees Bells" taking part in the Morton Feast G110709-2a

A SUPER time was had by all at this year’s Morton Feast - the biggest and best to date.

Five-a-side football and tug o’ war were incorporated in the new improved event, as visitors enjoyed a wide range of sports and stalls.

The village playing field and school area were a hive of activity and over two hundred children took part as 32 teams contested the three football competitions.

The medals which were sponsored by the Ship Inn, Mr J Lord and Chris Spalding and were shared out between five local schools.

The under 9’s tournament saw Misterton and Parish Plonkers qualify from the group stage for the first semi-final which the Parish team just edged.

The second semi provided great entertainment and excitement as Webb’s Warriors from Charles Baines beat Corringham 3-2 and they then went on to win the final to take the trophy.

The girls’ tournament was dominated by Benjie’s Belles who, having disposed of Parish Rockets in the semi final, went on to defeat O’Leary’s Ladies from Charles Baines, who had been given a tough game in the semi’s by Lea Pink Panthers.

There were three leagues to accommodate the fifteen under elevens teams and the standard of football was at times quite outstanding with some very competitive games.

Misterton, North County Kings and Trentside Mini Messis came out on top while a play off for the other semi final between Lea Lions and A F.C. Adlard saw Lea go through after a penalty shoot out.

Morton’s Mini Messis were this year’s champions.

“With additional sponsorship from Keith Johnson and family, Mrs Elizabeth Parry, East Midlands Instruments, Gainsborough Estates and Last Orders from Sheffield, the feast committee has been put on a healthy financial footing and can plan ahead for next year with confidence,” said local resident Colin Emery.

“There were lots of young winners on the day but perhaps the biggest winner this year was the community as the village worked together to stage a more energised Morton Feast.”

He added: “A barbecue at the Ship Inn rounded the day off nicely.”