COLUMN; Lyn of Littleport by Lyn Gibb-de Swarte
PUBLISHED: 11:42 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 07 June 2017
One thing any visitor to Sunday's Littleport Leisure Centre's Fun Day would gather about the people of Littleport village, is that they know how to enjoy themselves.
All the community groups’ stalls were abuzzin’ with lots of trading, both items for sale and with lively chat.
The beer tent and WI tea and cake bar was well frequented, serving real ale aficionados and temperance customers’ tastes alike, and all the other attractions, including the fun fair and ice cream van, did a roaring trade.
The outdoor wrestling protagonists were, dare I say, amusingly if somewhat alarmingly thrown about in and out of the ring, and they had a constant, albeit changing throughout the day, audience.
The performance stage area saw a lot of nuns singing and dancing (well, the Littleport Players cast of Nunsense the Musical) and as for the tuneful Rocking Ukuleles (bookings, 07785296681) Irene Cole (of the Alpaca Lifestyle Farm, contact 01353 860502) who was crewing the Littleport Life magazine/Timebank/Cathy’s animal shelter tombola with me at the time of their set, sang along, in duet with me, lustily.
Should say Irene only knew the words of the very old songs as her older brother taught her…
There were lots of happy villagers pursuing simple rural pleasures in a large field, including a dog show which made it a fantastic day. A day perhaps when politicians might have taken the opportunity to pop along and kiss a few babies, but obviously the terror attacks in London meant that could not happen and there was instead a minute’s silence for all those who were killed and injured in the attack on Saturday night.
Although so much of modern day progress is to be welcomed, there are some good things that have not changed, nor needed to, with the passage of time.
Like summer cricket in the village.
Littleport Leisure Centre’s field is home turf to Littleport Town Cricket Club. Established in 1888, a quiz night fundraiser is being held at the leisure centre, Sunday June 11 at 7pm. Stalwart LTCC captain Nik Marsh calls to mind Newbolt’s stirring poem: And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat. Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame. But his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote “Play up! Play up! And play the game!”