Hippie days are here again…

Holsworthy & District Lions’ annual “Fun day” for children and adults with disabilities took place in Holsworthy Memorial Hall and car-park on Sunday 17 November. The event was attended by 350 guests from all over the south-west accompanied by 150 of their carers. This year’s theme was “hippies” and the Hall and car-park were full of people wearing long wigs, outrageously-coloured shirts, flares, headbands and peace symbols.
In the car-park the guests could ride the waltzer or go on the dodgems as many times as they wanted to. There were smaller fun-fair rides for the younger guests, as well as a coconut-shy, penalty shoot-out competition, pony & trap ride, and the opportunity to throw wet sponges at various Lions in the stocks. There was a disco in the Hall, face-painting, and entertainment provided by local children’s entertainer Mr Showers. Every guest was photographed at some point during the day and photos were printed and given away as a souvenir of the event.
Holsworthy & District Lions were helped by other local Lions groups including those from Okehampton, Bideford, Launceston, Saltash and South Molton. Holsworthy Scouts were on hand to help the guests on and off the various rides, as well a driving the dodgems for those who weren’t able to do it themselves. Various former Lions returned to help, as well as the wives, partners, children and friends of Lions members who were there to do anything from serving fizzy drinks and making cups of tea, to retrieving lost footballs.
Food and drink was provided for all those who attended. Five hundred burgers were cooked and were given away, as well as 300 hot-dogs, a quarter of a ton of ice-cream, hundreds of litres of coke and lemonade, and enough candy-floss and packets of sweets to fill a barn.
The weather was kind and, all-in-all, a fantastic day was had by guests, carers and Lions alike.


Thu 21 February 2019
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