THE sun came out and so did the crowds for the South Hill Parish Fun Day recently — the first major event by organisers in eight years.

Proceedings started with a shout from Callington Town Crier Tony Stentiford, followed by a hilarious soap box car derby with plenty of spills before the finish line at the cemetery.

Dogs packed out the show ring, with an Airedale taking the top dog spot.

Piglet racing was a huge draw, Callington fire engine and crew were also popular, as were the jacket potatoes, hog roast and bar provided by Grumpy Old Porkers.

A bouncy castle, bungee run, face painting and games kept the children entertained, while others mingled through a great mix of stalls from local small businesses, with vintage tractors and classic cars on display.

The more serious side of the fun day was the traditional horticultural show, now in its 56th year. In the parish hall was an array of colour with a very high standard of flowers, fruits, veg, handicrafts, cookery, photography and imaginative children’s classes.

Graham Hindle was thanked by president Jill Reynolds for presenting the 24 trophies.

The South Hill WI duck race was held at Kerney Bridge and the METS played under the hall awning to a lively crowd into the late evening.

Committee chairman Nick Easton expressed thanks to everyone for their support and for raising money for local charities Ellie’s Haven and Children’s Hospice South West. See more on and SouthHillParish on Facebook.