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Local news for Snodland and Halling Fun day and dog show make for a party in the park for Snodland residents

Above: Members of street dance group Abyss sit with fun day revellers

Left: Entrants in the novelty recall event

Great day out for people – and canine companions

HUNDREDS of people went along to thefun dayand dogshowinNevill Park.

Stalls and helpers moved into the

park from 7am, and by 11am, every- thing was ready for people to enjoy. Face painting, sumo wrestling, human table football and a bouncy castle kept children entertained while a fun dog show entertained animal enthusiasts. Stalls included greyhound and

Staffie rescue groups, dog training and there was a miniature agility course, together with some huge Newfoundland dogs which displayed their strength and ability in the arena. During the day more than 20 dogs were indentity-chipped, free of charge.

Competitions in the ring included

dog most like its owner, best rescue dog and a novelty recall when dogs had to go to their owners through a field of doggy goodies, with some pets notmanaging to resist the temp- tation to stop and munch. Thewinnerofbestinshowwas Kix, owned by Bryony from Watts Close. Runner-up was Teddie, owned by Gemma from Midsummer Road. The judges were Janet Tandy and Pat Hills.

Highlights of the day included two performances by street dance group Abyss of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Thanks went to the main organis-

ers Nicky Delacey from the Beat Proj- ect and Tonbridge and Malling Council dog warden Lorraine Baseden. Nicky said: “The day was a huge

Janet Tandy, show winner Kix with owner Bry- ony, reserve Teddie with owner Gemma, and Pat Hills

success. We would love to do the same next year and to make it even bigger and better with the help of even more volunteers.” Funding included £2,500 each from Southern Housing Group and the Beat Project.

Fastest blind man presents trophies

DESCRIBED as the most inspirational man alive, Steve Cunningham visited Snodland for Holmesdale Technology College’s annual awards evening. As a budding footballer he dreamed

Emily Rimmer on recorder

Concert success THE Snodland and District Choral Society held another successful summer concert in Christ Church, Malling Road. The concert, which included national songs and negro spiri- tuals, was directed by Andrew and Brenda Ashbee and fea- tured Emily Rimmer of Hamil- ton Close, Snodland, on recorder and flute. A collection raised £265 for

the heating and new seating fund for Christ Church.

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of captaining first Aston Villa and then England in the World Cup. His eye- sight deteriorated and, by the age of 12, he was totally blind. Since then he has broken every barrier that has stood in his way. Steve became a world junior sprinter, went on to play for England Blind Cricket team and led the Eng- lish Blind Football team in the World Cup. He became the fastest blind man

on the planet, breaking the world speed records on land and sea for a blind person, before he took to the air and became the first blind pilot. He also pays golf off a handicap of


Steve now tours schools and busi- nesses inspiring and motivating peo- ple of all ages. The awards evening was to celebrate the hard work and achievement of almost 150 of the school’s most successful students from Years 7 to 10. To mark his retirement as Holmes-

dale’s executive principal and after 40 years in teaching, the school’s gover-

nors have introduced the Ian Hobson Award for themost improved student, which was presented to Danny Luck- hurst (15). School principal Julia Campbell welcomed the deputy mayor of Ton- bridge and Malling, Dave Davis, his wife, Mary, families, teaching staff and governors.  Guests were surprised to be greeted by a full size Dalek (left). Proj- ect analyst Sue Ricketts, who organ- ised the event, said: “I managed to keep thewhole thing a secret, so there were a few surprises on the night.”

Steve Cunningham pres- ents Natasha Baker-Jeffery (12) with the Achievement in Technology award

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