Splashing time at Royston Parish Church fete

PUBLISHED: 10:53 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 11 May 2010

Mayor Cllr Paul Grimes tries his hand at the ducking stall. 3022DW13

Mayor Cllr Paul Grimes tries his hand at the ducking stall. 3022DW13

ORGANISER Trevor Lloyd was delighted with the result from this year s Royston Parish Church Fete. But that could not really be said of the Rev Les Harman and Les Baker, the editor of The Crow. Both were victims - along with Trevor - of the ducking stall

The Rev Les Harman in the ducking stall. 3022DW147

ORGANISER Trevor Lloyd was "delighted" with the result from this year's Royston Parish Church Fete.

But that could not really be said of the Rev Les Harman and Les Baker, the editor of The Crow.

Both were victims - along with Trevor - of the ducking stall: a device where about a gallon of water pours down on the "victim".

The bucket is released once a contestant hits the target.

And Royston's mayor, Cllr Paul Grimes, proved to have an almost dead-eye for hitting the target.

But he did promise that after seeing others "suffer" he would become a "victim" next year.

The event raised £3,782, which was a record and £475 up on last year.

Most of the money will be donated towards the church with 10 per cent going to the church's charities.

Trevor said: "I was really surprised and delighted that we had raised so much.

"I thought that the overcast weather may have stopped people turning out, but that didn't seem the case.

"It came as a surprise to realise that we had reached a record amount from the event," he said.

Cllr Grimes, as has now become a tradition of the event, joined the vicar in a sponsored bounce, which was also undertaken by the Rev Ian Smart, the minister at the Royston Methodist Church.

Sponsors for the event included Tesco, Ridgeons, Curwens and Jeremy Rule.

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