Essex village revives historic sports day tradition

PUBLISHED: 10:28 02 October 2011

Children at Buster Brown's sports day

Children at Buster Brown's sports day

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A FORGOTTEN village tradition that started after the World War II has now been revived.

The Buster Brown children’s sports day took place for the first time in a generation in Great Easton on Sunday after being dormant since the 80s.

The traditional sports day saw children from Great Easton and the surrounding parishes come to the village to compete in sack races, egg and spoon races and three legged races.

The day was organised by a group of dedicated mums to raise money for the children’s Christmas party.

Resident Darren Stone, whose wife Gail helped to organise the day, said it was great to see the tradition revived.

“I remember seeing it as a young boy and it always involved all the activities that we didn’t do at school. Then it was dormant for a long period of time.

“This year some of the mums got together and wanted to do something that would bring the village together.”

As part of the tradition the organisers also brought back the Buster Brown mile – a fun run for the children and parents around the village.

Mr Stone said it was a shame Buster Brown was not around to see the event revive as he had passed away.

A raffle raised over £120.

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