Mangolds fly amid the sunshine and cider at Sherston
Monstrous mangolds were hurled through the air as part of a popular competition in Sherston at the weekend.
After a warm, dry summer produced poor crops, a farmer from Bathford stepped in to provide a cart load of giant mangolds for the teams of hurlers taking part on Sunday.
The donation came as a relief to organisers after the event was cancelled last year due to a shortage of the root vegetables.
About 150 people turned out to watch as competitors hurled their mangolds at a target, known as the ‘norman’ on the village hall field.
“It was a fantastic day,” said Martin Rea, the chairman of the Ancient Order of Sherston Mangold Hurlers.
“There was beautiful sunshine and of course it was made all the more merrier by the cider being drunk.
“We will be doing it again next year now that we have got a secure source of mangolds.
“We may even grow some of our own to use next year.”
Dodington Parish Band performed at the event which was followed by a barbecue and bar.
The competition was made up of 16 teams of three people, and was won by Piggeries from Sherston.
The singles player entry was won by Paul Jarvis, an ex-England International cricket bowler.
“He has a very good throw,” said Mr Rea.
“His went over the wall into someone’s garden; I don’t even know how far it went.”
The somewhat bedraggled mangolds have been thrown back in to the cart to be returned to Warliegh Lodge Farm to be eaten by the pigs and sheep.
Money raised from the competition, which has not yet been counted, will go towards the up-keep of the village hall.
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