Ringside fun at Easter Oympics

Joining in with the event are Molly, Joe and Ellis Barthorpe with Eleanor Anderson Butler
Joining in with the event are Molly, Joe and Ellis Barthorpe with Eleanor Anderson Butler

Sideways skipping and a bra relay were two of the events in an Easter Olympic eggstavaganza.

Chocolate medals were up for grabs as children competed in the first Residents of Desborough Easter Olympics on Sunday.

Robert Orr, 69, chairman of Desborough Community Development Trust, which organised the event as a light-hearted protest against the closure of Desborough Leisure Centre, said: “It’s just a bit of silliness. We are really just amusing each other.

“Kettering Council is closing down community facilties. There is a community here and we are not Kettering; we are Desborough.”

About 50 parents watched proudly as pupils from Loatlands Primary School opened the games on Desborough Recreation Ground in Pioneer Avenue with a dance display.

The children held up hoola hoops to represent the Olympic rings.

Sarah Groves, a teaching assistant at the school who helps with the dance club, said: “They were really good and we were really proud. We’d like to thank the parents, who were very supportive.”

Events included a sideways skipping race, a sack race, a race that included finding pages in travel brochures, a relay race using bras supplied by underwear firm Eveden, which is based in Rothwell Road, and an egg and spoon race organised by the Girlguides.

District commissioner for Desborough Girlguides Shirley Handley said: “Desborough Community Development Trust has been very good to us. They have given us money towards our activities and trips.

“We wanted to give something back.”

There was also skittles, chuck a duck and Oak Tree out of school club organised a Easter egg trail and a colouring competition.

Tracey Ginns, of the club in Paddock Lane, said: “It’s really important to get people together and do things for free.”

Parent Nicola Groves, of Alexander Road, said: “It’s giving the children something to do.”

Her eight-year-old son Brandt, who took part in the sideways skipping race, said: “It was quite good.”