Slideshow: Rippingale feast a big hit with villagers

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Hundreds of people had fun at the Rippingale village feast at the weekend.

The feast began with a barn dance ceilidh in the village hall on Saturday with live music from band Elusive Black Dog.

Rippingale Feast cafe - from left, Mae Morrison, 14, Angela Adams, Hollie Adams, seven, Doreen Hilton and Alaska-Lily Morrison, 16'Photo: MSMP210713-040js

Rippingale Feast cafe - from left, Mae Morrison, 14, Angela Adams, Hollie Adams, seven, Doreen Hilton and Alaska-Lily Morrison, 16'Photo: MSMP210713-040js

Yesterday (Sunday) village celebrations continued with an afternoon of traditional events and competitions on the playing field.

The Sunday fun kicked off with a quarter-peal of bells from the bell ringers of St Andrew’s Parish Church at midday.

The Grand Feast Parade, including classical cars and The Joey Dunlop Motorcycle Cavalcade, travelled from St Andrew’s Church to the playing field.

Rippingale Feast Rose Queen Neave Warcup headed the parade in motorcycle and side-car and the 1st Pointon Baden Powell Scout Troop marched out to provide a traditional element to the start of the feast.

The feast was formally opened by Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill assisted by the 2013 Rippingale Rose Queen.

At the playing fields there was more entertainment from: MJS Agility Dog Team; Bourne Borderers morris dancers; games; competitions and a barbecue and picnic in the park.

There were stalls, sideshows and exhibitions, the Rippingale Emporium, a show from Rippingale Painting Group, a display which included historic photos from past feasts and a paper airplane competition.

There was also a flypast by a Lancaster bomber and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

A Songs of Praise event at St Andrew’s Church closed the Sunday fun.

Earlier this month a feast treasure hunt was held in the village and on Thursday Rippingale’s walking historian, Mike Exton, took people around the village on a Feast Village Walk to tell them about life in times gone by.