How a village fete turned into an episode of Gladiators!

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This year’s Cottingham and Middleton Village Fete raised a £3,510 - with a familiar voice from the 1990s helping with the games.

Villagers dodging some severe downpours to enjoy a wide range of stalls, food and drink, traditional games and live performances.

There was maypole dancing and singing from the children of Cottingham Primary School, music from the Valley Voice Choir and village band Soundpost, and a very competitive Tug o’ War contest adjudicated by local celebrity and Gladiators referee John Anderson . Contestants…ready!

Fete organiser Zoe Nursey said: “Despite the weather’s best efforts, the day was a resounding success. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and the PTFA members, school staff, church members and volunteers who helped to organise the event and the Fete guide. Special thanks must go to the volunteers who braved a tremendous thunderstorm to erect the marquees the night before! We’d also like to thank everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, which raised £667, and the school children who donated items for sale to also raise a sizeable amount.”

The proceeds will be used to further develop the playground at Cottingham C of E Primary School and contribute towards the creation of a new outside classroom.

A generous donation has also been made to Cottingham’s parish church, St Mary Magdalene.