Villagers celebrate playing fields' 90th birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:18 18 June 2019

AliCat Children's Theatre.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

AliCat Children's Theatre. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Families flocked to a celebration of village life.

Backwell Judo Club demonstration.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBackwell Judo Club demonstration. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Hundreds headed to Backwell Fair, at the village playing fields, on June 9 for a day of fun in the sun.

The charity event, celebrating 90 years since the playing fields opened, raised £466.84 for the Backwell Playing Fields Charity (BPFC) which owns and maintains the site.

Backwell Judo Club demonstration.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBackwell Judo Club demonstration. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The day featured a myriad of activities including a children's fancy dress competition, a performance from theatre group AliCat, and a demonstration by Backwell Judo Club, as well as a tug-of-war competition and numerous stalls.

A spokesman for BPFC said: "People assume it's a council amenity, but the event was a chance for villagers to appreciate the history and contribution, the playing fields make to the community.

Backwell Judo Club demonstration.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBackwell Judo Club demonstration. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

"There was a lovely, friendly atmosphere on the day, and we were thrilled to see so many people enjoying the playing fields."

Backwell Judo Club demonstration.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBackwell Judo Club demonstration. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Somerset Bodgers and Backwell Enviroment Trust wood craft.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe Somerset Bodgers and Backwell Enviroment Trust wood craft. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Nailsea and Backwell St John Ambulance demonstration.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONNailsea and Backwell St John Ambulance demonstration. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Ice-cream and smiles.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONIce-cream and smiles. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Tug 'o' War competition.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe Tug 'o' War competition. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Tug 'o' War competition.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe Tug 'o' War competition. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Tug 'o' War competition.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe Tug 'o' War competition. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Backwell St Andrew's Church Bellringers.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONBackwell St Andrew's Church Bellringers. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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