Organisers of the World Wellington Boot Throwing Championships on Saturday 8 September had their hard work rewarded when hundreds of people turned out to enjoy the 10th anniversary of the event.
After the official opening by Wellington Mayor Councillor Gary James, Wellington Majorettes got the party going and were followed by Wellington Silver Band in a programme of entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Court Fields School fields were alive with throwing competitions for ‘grown ups’, one for smaller children, a paper aeroplane throwing competition and a hugely popular dog show organised by Mount Vets with 11 different ‘fun’ classes – including ‘Fastest sausage eater’ and ‘Waggiest Tail’.
This was a decidedly family-orientated day out with activities for children, Celestae’s colourful face-painting, archery lessons from outdoor pursuits instructor Brian Bland and a pottery-breaking test.
There was food for everyone – including the traditional hog-roast and bar – cider, ice-cream and doughnuts. Local community organisations were represented and funds from the raffle with prizes donated by Wellington businesses will go to WHERE.
Wellington Carnival Princesses presented the winners of each category with trophies – the winner of the men’s event, Peter Knox, setting a new record for the competition with a throw of 36.8 metres in a particularly strong field of male throwers.
Organiser Sue White said, “It’s been a great event this year. I don’t know how much we’ve made yet but I think we’ve had more people come along and join in than ever before – and the weather stayed fine!”