THE rain may have spoiled their big day, but villagers still congregated to show community spirit was alive and kicking.

The wet weather of last week forced the cancellation of the 160th Slaley Show at the weekend, with the show field unfit as it was heavily waterlogged.

However, show secretary Fiona Pattinson showed her initiative and organised a games day at the commemoration hall for the community to enjoy.

Included throughout the day was a range of children’s game, including sweet pong – a derivation of beer pong – and bingo and a pub quiz for adults.

Fiona said: “I just thought the weekend was planned to have a show so I wanted to do something for the community to show we were still willing to try to put something on.

“We were gutted the show was cancelled but thankfully we had the village hall to fall back on.”

While the traditional competitions for top sheep, best industrial exhibits and the like could not be handed out for obvious reasons, two trophies were presented on the day.

Rosaleen Doonan, the chairwoman of the commemoration hall committee, left with the Perpetual Linnels Trophy for best kept frontage in the village, while Billy Mitchison picked up the Mary Farbridge Memorial Trophy for best kept frontage at Parkside.