A GREY, drizzly morning did nothing to dampen the spirits of residents of Rhyd-y-foel on July 30 as residents made their way to the marquee on the common for the village show.

The tables were full by the time the judge arrived at 11am, as the usual horticultural, craft, baking and preserving categories were well-represented.

While the judge went about her business inside the marquee, outside, residents were busy erecting scarecrows on the theme of “Queen” - one enterprising person even created three life-like models of the band Queen.

There was a “recycling queen” made from reclaimed materials, a queen bee, as well as representations of a more conventional “royal queen”.

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Others set to putting out the games - for the more energetic, there was the “standing jump” and “tossing the caber”.

The popular “splat the rat” and quoits, among other games, were also available for people to test their skills.

By 2pm, when the games were to start, the weather had improved and a steady stream of people arrived.

Those helping to run the games, serve refreshments and supervise the marquee exhibits, were kept busy as about 140 adults and children came, joined by many dogs.

George Woolley, the chair of the Village Hall Committee who organised the event, said: “It is great to be able to hold our show again this year after an absence due to the pandemic.

“Our team of volunteers worked really hard to ensure that it all went to plan: thank you to all involved.

“We have had more exhibits and more people coming than ever before: I think we have all missed being able to be together and share communal events like this.

“The sun is shining and everyone seems to be having fun – just as we had hoped.”

Once the games ended at 5pm, blues band The Subgroup played to residents who relaxed after a busy day with a shared picnic tea.