Bitterly cold north east winds and fine flurries of snow failed to deter 46 walkers from completing the Independent State of Cuckfield Easter Monday Walking Race.
This traditional event requires participants to circumnavigate the perimeter of the village of Cuckfield, establishing the boundaries, by walking not running.
As the walkers left the recreation ground the children searched for the hidden foil-covered tickets which would entitle them to an Easter egg. They seemed unaware of the cold.
Monday, April 1 gave licence to tomfoolery, and fancy dress was allowed.
There were fairies with wands, medieval wenches, many bunny ears and lots of bow ties.
The winners, Jeni Meadows, Leanne Knapman and Jane Swain, received vouchers for shops in Cuckfield village.
The Men’s Challenge cup was won by Adam Cattell and the Ladies’ Challenge Cup by Sarah Adams. However, the fastest walkers in this unique handicapped race were Sarah Fry and Rob Helliwell.
The Wheatsheaf Public House in Broad Street won cups for both the male and female walking teams, which has to signal an alert for the many other hostelries and organisations in Cuckfield.
A great village event which will, hopefully, stand the test of time, and consolidate the sense of belonging in an ever-changing community.
Copy contributed by Kate Fleming