Canvey Festival Of Sport 1971

Canvey News and Benfleet Recorder

The biggest crowds ever flocked to King George’s Field on Saturday when Canvey Sports Development Council in association with Canvey Council, held their fifth Festival of Sport. It was opened by County Councillor Bill Ashworth, Chairman of Canvey Council, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. L. Ashworth. With them were Canvey’s Carnival Queen and Court.

After a parade a variety of displays and sporting activities were arranged. The weather — although chilly at times — remained fine for a galaxy of island achievements.

Events and demonstrations included keep-fit, finals of five-a-side football, ladies’ football, netball, the St. John Ambulance. Olympic judo, trampoline demonstrations, tug-of-war, children’s race, inter-schools and open schools children’s events.

There were static displays and stalls by the St. John Ambulance, International Help for Children, The Weight Club, Tewkes Yacht Club. Girl Guides and Brownies, model association, 4th Canvey Scout Group, Sir Winston Churchill School for Deaf Children, rifle club, Canvey Lifeguards (winner of a dozen new laid eggs with orange ticket number 68 should col­lect the prize from 3 Park Road), Keep Fit, Distaff Club. Canvey Road Safety ‘Tufty’ Club.

Throughout the whole of the afternoon there were events and demonstrations taking place and County Councillor Ashworth described the pro­ceedings as ‘most successful’.

Children’s Races were a feature of the Canvey Sports Festival

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  • I think I’ve got a photo of one of the Ladies 5 a side teams and also a boys 5 a side team. I’ll find them and put them on.

    By Maureen Buckmaster (04/08/2012)
  • Please do Maureen

    By Janet Penn (04/08/2012)
  • Second from left on top row Val Smith, end top row June Strickland, Bottom row Noreen Cole, Pat Dingle, Carol Hodgson, end of row pat slater. Does any one know who the others are?

    By Pat Slater (01/11/2013)
  • I wonder how many of the original ‘Dingle Bells’ netball team still live on the island?

    By J Dingle (16/06/2016)

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