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A feast of festivities at Rippingale




A parade of vehicles including vintage tractors took place All photos: Lee Hellwing
A parade of vehicles including vintage tractors took place All photos: Lee Hellwing

Residents of Lincolnshire village again staged their annual "feast" at the weekend, an event which has taken place for hundreds of years.

John Smith, chairman of the Rippingale Feast committee, said the event held on Saturday, July 7, from 12pm to 4pm at the Bull Inn had been a huge success with around 300 people attending.

The Richardson family - Tori, Esther, five and Zachary, eight
The Richardson family - Tori, Esther, five and Zachary, eight

"The event goes back a long time and this year was another success," said John.

"The number of people attending has been improving and this year we had about 300 people."

Rippingale is a picturesque village sitting in open farmland some five miles north of Bourne.

Originally, the feast was an open house weekend where every household laid out a grand table of tasty morsels and the entire village met in the streets to dance, drink and visit each other's houses for a bite to eat before going back to the party.

Sue Atkinson, Christine Newell and Heather Rowntree raise funds for the church roof
Sue Atkinson, Christine Newell and Heather Rowntree raise funds for the church roof

There was also a serious side to the weekend when both a church and chapel service of thanksgiving was held.

John said while the feast had changed slightly, the focus was still to bring families and villagers together.

Highlights of this year's event included a flypast by a RAF Hurricane, a parade of vehicles that included everything from vintage tractors to modern day sports cars, food and game stalls and live music performances.

"We also put a big screen out so people could watch the football," said John.

"It was a great atmosphere all round."

Mike Bainbridge with his 1971 Ensign LNF3 racing car
Mike Bainbridge with his 1971 Ensign LNF3 racing car

He said various events including a ghost walk and live music performances were held throughout the year to raise money for charities.

"Those taking part in the feast raise money independently - either for their own charity or others," he said.

"We had about 12 to 15 charitable stalls taking part this year."

Each year a new Rose Queen is crowned and this year's title went to Taisie Walker, 11.

2017 Rose Queen Robyn Baldock, 11, with 2018 Rose Queen Taisie Walker, 11
2017 Rose Queen Robyn Baldock, 11, with 2018 Rose Queen Taisie Walker, 11

The weekends festivities culminated in a church service held on Sunday.

"Overall it was a great weekend and another success," said John.



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