Fun for all the family at Wroot Feast

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A feast of family fun is on the cards when an annual village fundraiser gets underway this weekend.

Wroot Feast, on Saturday July 9, is the finale of a week of activities which has included quizzes, open gardens, bingo, sports, art and crafts, a scarecrow festival and a film night.

The weekend event takes place on the village playing field to commemorate St Pancras - the patron saint of children - and since 1890 it is always held on the Saturday nearest to July 11.

The day kicks off at noon with a grand parade of floats from Southlands Farm. At 12.30pm the show and sports day will be officially opened by Paul Verrico, on behalf of Isle-based charity Team Verrico to which feast proceeds will be donated.

There will then be the crowning of Miss Wroot and the judging of floats and fancy dress - this year’s event has a movie theme.

Attractions throughout the afternoon include a hog roast, face painting, bouncy castle, ferret racing, dance diplays, miniature donkeys, Daisy the T-Rex, a doodle wall, Bumblebee from Transformers, produce and crafts, classic cars and bikes, Reptile Rendezvous, Morris dancing and much more.

Organiser Neil Sanderson said: “One thing that we do really try hard with during Wroot Feast week is keeping costs down for families. So many events have had to put their prices up, where as we are only £2 per adult and kids are free, and plenty off free stuff for kids to do on the day.

“It’s something we are all really proud of especially when we can bring people from all over the Isle, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Hull and even Sheffield together for the day.

“We love the fact that we have Team Verrico helping and supporting us this year.

“This is an amazing charity with even more amazing people behind it, the work they do supporting and helping people who have been diagnoised with cancer is unbelivable.

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“We are trying to donate as much money as possible this year to Team Verrico, so that’s why it’s so important we get large numbers through our gate on Saturday.”

Paul Verrico said: “It is a huge honour to be asked to open this year’s Wroot Feast. It is an event which I have attended with increasing regularity since the birth of my daughter, Lucia, in 2010 and my son Alessandro, in 2012.

“Team Verrico was set up by my late wife in 2013 with a stated aim of sponsoring research into hard to treat cancers.

“Since then it has evolved and we now help the phsyical and mental welfare of cancer victims and their families.”

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He added: “My motto in life is ‘never ever give up’ and that’s the mindset which has served me well over the last three years since Anna’s passing and one which I commend to all of those taking part in the competitive activities at the feast. I look forward to seeing you all at the start line.”

The day will end with a family night in the marquee from 7.30pm.

There will be live music from Wrooted, a DJ and bar.

Food will be available from the Woodfired Pizza Co, but everyone is welcome to take along their own food.

Entry to this is by ticket only - £8 adults, £3 for the under 18’s - available from Neil Sanderson at 4 Sand Lane Terrace and Village Markets.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, and only alcohol purchased at the bar may be consumed within the marquee.