Published: 13:05, 17 July 2019
| Updated: 16:46, 17 July 2019
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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