Photos: Success for Barnstaple fun day

A giant stilt-walking giraffe and zebra paraded up and down the High Street.

A giant stilt-walking giraffe and zebra paraded up and down the High Street. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people gathered in Barnstaple on Saturday to support the event held by Barnstaple charity Amigos.

Winning team Leaderflush Shapland receive their award from Amigos CEO Phil Pugsley.

Winning team Leaderflush Shapland receive their award from Amigos CEO Phil Pugsley. - Credit: Archant

STILT walking giraffe and zebras, bucking broncos and milking pretend cows made for a day of fun in the sun in aid of Barnstaple charity Amigos.

Hundreds of people gathered on Castle Green in Barnstaple to take part in the fun and games and watch the It’s A Knockout competition entered by local businesses.

Numerous supporters turned out to cheer on their teams as they worked their way around the 10 different events on the green.

“Watching our colleague face plant on the sumo mats, before he even got a suit on, was the highlight of my day,” said Tom Marsh, part of the Leaderflush Shapland team.


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“He then went on to get hammered in the sumo event by a woman.”

Tom Williams, also on the Leaderflush team, did a little better in the sumo wrestling round. ‘I won all three games, pushing my partner out of the ring each time. I’d just had a beer in the break time which I reckoned helped.’

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Jason Collins, from the Nationwide team, wasn’t quite so successful.

“On the milk the cow round I actually milked the other team’s cow, but in my defence I was blindfolded,” he said.

And the two teams battled it out the final round, going head-to-head in a race involving inflatables and sumo suits.

Leaderflush Shapland pipped Nationwide to the post, winning the coveted Amigos Fun Day trophy.

“It’s been an excellent way to spent time with team members as we don’t see much of each other outside of work,” said James Ley from Nationwide.

“We’re definitely going to do it again and next year we’ll win.”

Phil Pugsley, Amigos CEO, said he was delighted with how the day turned out and the charity is still totting up the total amount raised on the day.

“We’d like to say a huge thanks to Applegate for making this day possible, and to Fun Matters who made ‘It’s a Knockout’ such a success.

“I would also like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored each of the rounds in It’s a Knockout, and to all our amazing volunteers; the day couldn’t have happened without them.”

All the money raised will go directly to the flagship project of Amigos, Kira Farm Development Centre.

Many of the students have lost parents to HIV/AIDS, the rebel conflict, and have suffered from extreme poverty and Kira provides them with education and holistic training.

For more information contact the Amigos office on 01271 377664 or email info@amigos.org.uk, or visit www.amigos.org.uk.

Did you visit the Fun Day? Send your photos to sarah.howells@archant.co.uk or upload them to iwitness24 using the link on the right of the page.

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