The Charity Quiz on the Friday evening was a sell-out and was enjoyed by all. Herriot Hospice Homecare was the winner taking away £250.
Sadly, the Saturday afternoon picnic at High Kilburn had to be cancelled because of the weather. However, undaunted, 19 teams set off on foot competing in a Treasure Hunt around Kilburn – well done the Miles family for winning again this year.
Saturday evening saw record numbers in the Square and in the Forresters Arms watching and participating in a traditional quoits competition and the famous Mouse Derby and enjoying a tasty Hog Roast.
Sunday afternoon attracted 297 runners, the highest number ever, in the renowned 7-mile Kilburn Road Race. Hundreds of people, including many families, enjoyed the circus clowns, games, a huge bouncy castle, live music, raffles and stalls overflowing the village square. Late afternoon, following a well-attended open air church service, dozens of villagers and visitors watched the Duck Race on the village beck and the famous Lord Mayor and "Lady" Mayoress parade; a tradition dating back many years. The Lord Mayor, appointed for just one day, toured the village in a top hat and sash of office, accompanied by the “Lady” Mayoress (a young man in female clothing and makeup). Proclaiming his authority, he inflicted a record number of small fines on householders and visitors alike for any misdemeanour, real or invented.
The Feast raised a near record sum of money of nearly £5,000. The Feast has or will be making donations to the following local charities and good causes;
Yorkshire Air Ambulance [£1,062], The Friarage Hospital’s MRI scanner appeal [£750], Herriot Hospice Homecare [£250], Thirsk Rotary [£500], Cold Kirby Institute [£50], Sowerby St. Oswald’s Urban Saints Rebuild 2017 Project [£60], the Kilburn Institute towards various improvements [£1,700] and to assist in the urgent restoration of Kilburn’s Village Square [£1,000]
Our website, www.KilburnFeast.uk was visited 2,400 times in four weeks leading up to the Feast.
The Friends of the Kilburn Feast thank the generous support and help given by many individuals and businesses. These were key to this year’s success.