Cowbeech gears up for Dig for Victory

Dig for Victory will take place on August 3.
Dig for Victory will take place on August 3.

The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society will stage the 19th year of the summer show ‘Dig for Victory’ on August 3.

The event in Cowbeech attracts hundreds of people and organisers say it has increasingly drawn people from further afield over the years.

The show is a fundraiser for the bonfire society which in 2014 distributed £7,800 to local good causes.

The show boasts vintage World War Two vehicles, and their owners dressed in authentic 1940s clothes, who will be on hand to offer information about the vehicles.

There will be a marquees full of fruit, veg, crafts, cakes and preserves, all entered by keen gardeners and craftmakers hoping to win points, prizes and trophies.

This year the prizes will be presented by James Braxton, who is recognised nationally for his knowledge of antiques through his appearances on TV shows such as Bargain Hunt and Flog It.

There will also be a range of stalls including books, bric-a-brac and face painting as well as games. There will also be a tea tent serving refreshments with homemade cake and a beer tent with Harvey’s best bitter.

Bonfire society volunteers will man the barbecue and serve locally made burgers and hot dogs.

Les Webb, committee member of the bonfire society, said: “All the activities, apart from the beer tent, are manned by volunteers so that as much as possible of the monies raised can be added to the funds available for supporting local good causes.”

People will also be able to show off their perfect pooches at the Companion Dog Show. There are separate entry arrangements and a £1 entry fee per class.

The Warbleton Band will take centre stage alongside the Swingtime Sweethearts, a wartime and swing duo comprising Annie Riley and Le’arna Castle, to offer a musical accompaniment throughout the day.

Les added: “Annie and Le’arna have performed in many prestigious locations including the ballroom at Buckingham Palace and they produced a charity single ‘Not Forgotten’ which is featured as the final track on the ‘Unforgettable’ album by Dame Vera Lynn.

“They are very much in demand and the MHBS is very pleased that they can still find the time to support Dig for Victory.”

The Merrie Harriers Inn will be open and there will also be a Dig for Victory dinner which it is best to make a reservation for.

The event will begin at 1.30pm and entry is £1.

Les said: “This promises to be an interesting, entertaining, affordable and very enjoyable day out.”