Boxing Day events to get you out and about

Geddington Squirt
Geddington Squirt

A village will be reviving its annual Boxing Day tradition this year as firefighters provide the crowds with a barrel of laughs.

The Geddington Squirt takes place in the village near Kettering from midday, with a team from the Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade ready to take on a crew of regulars from Burton Latimer.

The two sets of firefighters will be getting a soaking as they attempt to use their hoses to push a barrel, which is suspended above the ford on the River Ise, towards their opponents.

After being whitewashed in 2013, the Burton Latimer crew are said to be determined to put the record straight and win back the trophy this year.

The parade reaches the Eleanor Cross at about 11.30am, with hundreds of people again expected to watch the squirt from midday.

Visitors coming to watch are advised to wear, not just warm clothing, but waterproof clothing as well. Refreshments including mulled wine will be available.

A collection will be taken, to be split between the Fire Fighters Charity and a village fund to buy a community defibrillator.

The Geddington crew’s acting commanding officer John Doran said: “It’s really part of village tradition and is something the brigade does every year. It’s one of our biggest fundraisers.

“It’s a post-Christmas chance for some fresh air and to watch some folk making fools of themselves in the name of charity.

“It’s a spectacle you won’t see anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of people are also gearing up for the Pytchley Hunt’s traditional Boxing Day meet.

Up to 300 supporters and followers are expected to gather for the event, with as many as 80 horses also due to turn up, depending on the weather conditions.

For more details about the Boxing Day hunt, email 
secretary@thepytchleyhunt.co.uk.