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Jousting success at Sheppey Spectacular

By John Nurden

Knights in armour, stuntmen, daredevil parachutists and an air show made Sheerness Freemasons’ Sheppey Spectacular a stunning success on Saturday.

An estimated 6,000 packed the Sheppey Sports Ground (formerly the Stevedores) at Halfway and helped raise a staggering £30,000 for charity.

Freemason spokesman Richard Broster said: “It was Sheppey’s answer to the Kent County Show and has certainly put the Island on the map.”

VIDEO: Inside car during stunt jump

VIDEO: Slow-motion jousting

Clash: The Cavalry of Heroes Jousting Display Team at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular hosted by the Sheerness Freemasons. Picture: Tony Jones (13768293)
Clash: The Cavalry of Heroes Jousting Display Team at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular hosted by the Sheerness Freemasons. Picture: Tony Jones (13768293)

The Sheppey Pirates led by Captain Cutlass opened the show with a bang with a musket display.

Three parachutists from Skydive Headcorn dropped in and there were performances from the Sheppey St John Ambulance Band, We Can Sing UK Choir from Queenborough and Iwade and chainsaw sculptor Mike Burgess.

Captain Cutlass and the Sheppey Pirates were at the Sheerness Freemasons' Sheppey Spectacular on Saturday (13821525)
Captain Cutlass and the Sheppey Pirates were at the Sheerness Freemasons' Sheppey Spectacular on Saturday (13821525)
Chainsaw artist Mike Burgess creating a wooden sculpture at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular. Picture: Tony Jones (13768516)
Chainsaw artist Mike Burgess creating a wooden sculpture at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular. Picture: Tony Jones (13768516)

But the highlights were Sheppey’s first Medieval jousting tournament featuring Sir Lancelot and the infamous Dark Knight Lord Pendragon from the Cavalry of Heroes, the Headcorn-based Stampe formation flying team and a nail-biting display from daredevil Devon stuntman Paul Hannam who jumped a quad bike over three cars including two from estate agents Rule & Rule.

Stampe formation flying team from Headcorn performing at the Sheerness Freemasons' Sheppey Spectacular on Saturday (13831509)
Stampe formation flying team from Headcorn performing at the Sheerness Freemasons' Sheppey Spectacular on Saturday (13831509)
Paul Hannam Quad Stunt Bike Show performing at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular. Picture: Tony Jones (13768422)
Paul Hannam Quad Stunt Bike Show performing at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular. Picture: Tony Jones (13768422)
Horror as stuntman Paul Hannam jumps over one of the Rule & Rule cars at the Sheppey Spectacular. Picture: Rule & Rule (13943945)
Horror as stuntman Paul Hannam jumps over one of the Rule & Rule cars at the Sheppey Spectacular. Picture: Rule & Rule (13943945)

Mr Broster, whose wife Joanne runs the company with Mark Cross, said: “Mark and senior sales negotiator Craig Burns were in the cars and videoed the jump from inside. They were both really worried!”

Organising committee chairman Dean Faulkner said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped and supported us.”

Travelmasters ran a free bus service to the ground where there were more than 100 stalls.

Fraser Gregory, Trevor Moss, Paul Day, John Mansfield and Barry Barnes, part of the Sheerness Cork Lodge raising money on the inflatables for Smile Chain, a cleft palate charity, and Demelza House at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular. Picture: Tony Jones (13768350)
Fraser Gregory, Trevor Moss, Paul Day, John Mansfield and Barry Barnes, part of the Sheerness Cork Lodge raising money on the inflatables for Smile Chain, a cleft palate charity, and Demelza House at the Sheppey Summer Spectacular. Picture: Tony Jones (13768350)
Stunt riding from Cavalry of Heroes horse display team at the Sheerness Freemasons' Sheerness Freemason's Sheppey Spectacular on Saturday (13821538)
Stunt riding from Cavalry of Heroes horse display team at the Sheerness Freemasons' Sheerness Freemason's Sheppey Spectacular on Saturday (13821538)

Charities were allowed stalls and were allowed to raise money on the day.

Marula Kids Kenya which funds school children abroad raised £183 and the Harmony Therapy Trust raised £148 towards providing free therapy for Kent's seriously ill.

Harmony founder Dawn Cockburn said: "We engaged with many people, learned of some sad stories and were able to offer our services."

Stunning jump by Paul Hannam on his quad-bike over two Rule & Rule cars at the Sheppey Spectacular. PIcture: John Nurden (13943943)
Stunning jump by Paul Hannam on his quad-bike over two Rule & Rule cars at the Sheppey Spectacular. PIcture: John Nurden (13943943)

8th Sheppey Scouts took £385 on their tomahawk-throwing stall.

Robert Fountain said: "It was the most successful fundraising day we have ever had. This will buy us much needed equipment that will allow us to teach 'skills for life' to local children. Well done to everyone who took part. It was a great day."

Some of the crowds at the Sheppey Spectacular. Picture: John Nurden (13943934)
Some of the crowds at the Sheppey Spectacular. Picture: John Nurden (13943934)
Some of the crowds at the Sheppey Spectacular. Picture: John Nurden (13943939)
Some of the crowds at the Sheppey Spectacular. Picture: John Nurden (13943939)

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