Slideshow: Hundreds flock to ‘Best ever’ Dig for Victory in Cowbeech

Hundreds of people turned out in the glorious sunshine to browse war time vehicles and stalls at Cowbeech’s Dig for Victory on Sunday (August 3).

The event, organised by the Merrie Harrier’s Bonfire Society saw people enjoying traditional sideshows such as face painting, coconut shy, hook a duck, bowling for a pig, brick lifting, wellie throwing, darts and egg throwing.

Dig for Victory 2014 by Sally Wallis

Dig for Victory 2014 by Sally Wallis

There was also a competition where around 400 entries were received in various classes including flowers, vegetables, handicrafts and cookery.

Cups, trophies, and shields were won and will now be kept by winners until next year.

Trophies were presented by James Braxton, of television antiques fame, assisted by his wife Joanna.

The couple also lent their expertise to judging and selecting the best vehicle and best period costume.

Winners included Marie Cobb for best period dress, Just Jane and Brian Oliver for best World War Two vehicle and kit, Aniello Scamardella in the vegetables class, Lesley Morgan in the flowers class and Lynn Maguire in the cookery class.

Committee member, Les Webb said: “Once again Dig for Victory, the Village Show organised by The Merrie Harriers Bonfire Society and held at Cowbeech received wonderful community support on a gloriously hot summer Sunday afternoon and evening.

“The field that provided the free off-road parking was very well utilised and hundreds of people thronged the garden and field behind the Merrie Harriers Inn to enjoy the traditional sideshows.”

A Companion Dog Show also attracted plenty of interest and was enjoyed by entrants and onlookers, and organisers say it looks set to become a permanent feature at the Dig For Victory event.

Les added: “For those interested in vehicles of the period there were a number of authentic World War Two lorries to inspect and also a 1925 ‘Racing Bentley’ to drool over.

“In the wartime era of the 1940s music did much to keep up the morale of the nation and at Dig for Victory the spirits were lifted by live music from the excellent Warbleton Brass Band and the ever popular Swingtime Sweethearts.

“The show is a main contributor to the funds for good causes that the bonfire society distributes locally and although a final tally of income has not yet been completed, it is thought that the day will turn out to be one of the best ever.”