Well over 1500 people showed up at the annual St Helena Reading sports day that was held at the Abbey Rugby Club in Reading Berkshire UK.
The gates to the grounds opened on Saturday to welcome everyone who wanted to attend the event and for those who choose to camp and spend the entire weekend at the popular annual gathering, The event organised by the St Helena Association offered free camping and the use of all facilities for the entire stay.
On Saturday night, a welcome disco was organised inside of the main club house, On Sunday the main event began with a fancy dress parade for all of the kids and anyone who wanted to join in. The afternoon traditional field sports took place followed by the presentation of medals for all the winning participants. During the day, unlimited inflatable fun was available for all of the kids that was in attendance this includes Zorb balls, bungee pull, bouncy castles giant slides and a rodeo bull. Magic mark a magician entertained the kids throughout along with a face painting booth for the kids. At around 12.00 the main marquee stalls opened and sold traditional saint food, other stalls offered St Helena books and tee-shirts and other St Helena memorabilia. Saint FM ran a live outside station broadcast from 14.30 to 16.30 back to the Island for local re-broadcasting and online streaming. All Saintz hosted a disco in the main marquee in the evening and Phillips Country collection was presented in the main club house. The organisers, the St Helena Association said they were well please with the turnout. Saints travelled from all over to meet their fellow saints at the sports Some families living on the Falkland Islands, Ascension, Cape town also booked their summer holidays in the UK and took the opportunity to meet up.
The camp site created an atmosphere of laughter into the early hours as everyone caught up with each other sharing back in the day Island stories.
The day was not completed without the tradition St Helena cuisine of various flavoured smells loitering around the campsite some of which were made up of traditional St Helena Curry, Island fish cakes, some even contributed St Helena Pilau, and the day was not completed without afternoon teas that was washed down alongside cheese straws, coconut fingers, St Helena fudge and boil pudding that could be found in abundance, there was no doubt that there was more than enough food to feed the 5000.
Sunday was nothing but a massive success said the organisers Trevor and Vilma Thoms, and it was also one of the hottest August bank holiday weekends on record.