Organising the successful Rippingale Feast held on Sunday is truly a thankless task!
Chief organiser Chris Petz’s reward for reviving the feast, which dates back to medieval times, was to endure a medieval punishment.
Having been told by the police, who were exhibiting at the feast that there was some trouble on the scouts stand Chris rushed over, only to find that his police escort had abandoned him.
Of course there was no trouble at this peaceful and enjoyable fun day; it was just a rouse to get him in the vicinity of the stocks.
Burly Scout Master Steve Warcup and popular event Marshall “Ginger”(Andrew) Flatters grabbed poor Chris and manoeuvred him in to the stocks where the young scouts pelted him with wet sponges.
The hard working organiser took it all in his stride despite getting a real soaking.
It was a good job that he had organised hot weather for the day!