Ballyneale Field Day banishes recession blues

The people of Ballyneale got into summer holiday mood at the community’s 42nd annual field day on Sunday.

The people of Ballyneale got into summer holiday mood at the community’s 42nd annual field day on Sunday.

A dour grey Recession Man may have made an appearance at the community festival but the dire state of the economy was forgotten for a while as young and old threw themselves wholeheartedly into enjoying the afternoon of novelty events.

The organisers who were forced to postpone the field day for a week due to bad weather, were rewarded with a warm and sunny afternoon, which attracted a large crowd.

The festivities kicked off with a fancy dress parade that was followed by football matches, a baby show, running races and a host of novelty competitions.

Visitors to the field day were also invited to use their brain power to guess the name of a doll, the weight of a cake and weight of blocks at various stands.

Other attractions included a lucky dip, mini-golf, a book stall, skittles,spinner bowling and bouncy castles.

Tickets were also snapped up for the field day’s bumper raffle.

The Ballyneale Field Day Committee said they wished to thank all who supported the event, especially those who helped in any way and the large numbers who attended.

Results of Ballyneale Field Day competitions will be available next weekend in both Ballyneale and Grangemockler churches.