Egg throwers refused to be beaten by rain

Swaton Vintage Day and World Egg Throwing Championships'Egg Target trowing. Joel Hicks getting hit with an egg.
Swaton Vintage Day and World Egg Throwing Championships'Egg Target trowing. Joel Hicks getting hit with an egg.

A WONDERFUL sunny day (after the rainclouds cleared) drew a good crowd to the 2012 Swaton Vintage Day.

The event saw over 400 vintage and classic cars, tractors, including 64 motorbikes, 20 commercial vehicles, stationary engines and other machinery fill the show fields at Thorpe Latimer for the annual event.

One of the organisers, Alison Bourne, said despite the wet weather it was a very good turn out in the afternoon and the field held up very well with no-one getting stuck.

There were main ring attractions including a medieval jousting display by the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre, chainsaw sculpture making, terrier racing, dog show and agility display and lots of live music.

There were plenty of attractions for the whole family at the event on Sunday with trade stands, climbing wall and funfair rides, hog roast and bar serving Swaton’s own ale.

A good crowd also surrounded the infamous World Egg Throwing Championships organised by its president, Andy Dunlop.

He said: “We had a great weekend with a great international audience of Dutch, German, Greek, Irish, Scottish, South African and Russian visitors and we had four TV crews there.”

The showcase event with more tension than an England penalty shoot-out was the Russian egg roulette, won by Jerry Cullen of Swineshead, with John Fleming coming second.

The egg trebuchet challenge was won by England Team Bea. The traditional two person throw and catch was won by Smink and Vissar of Holland with a successful 40m throw. Andy Dunlop said the Dutch team were thrilled about winning two years in a row.

A mixed team of Greek, German, Irish and English competitors won the egg static relay where teams of 10 had to throw and catch as many eggs as possible to each other along the line in a minute. They managed seven eggs.

Charity fundraiser Joel Hicks again came along to be the target for people to throw eggs at. Alicia and Miles Line of Helpringham managed the best score for shots on target with two shots to the groin and one to the torso.

The egg throwing for children 13 and under was won by Leo Houwing of Cape Town, South Africa, who had only been over here for two weeks visiting his grandfather.

Last year the event raised over £7,000 for local and national good causes. Andy commented: “The weather undoubtedly put some people off to start with but we knew it would clear up and it was a really good day.” They hope to go over to compete in the Dutch version in two weeks’ time, while the Irish and Russians also hope to set up their own competitions this year.

* To see more pictures from Swaton Vintage Day and the World Egg Throwing Championships, see this week’s Sleaford Standard.