Devils Porridge Museum holds first Commonwealth Sport’s Day

On Saturday June 22nd, the Devil’s Porridge Museum hosted its first Commonwealth Sport’s Day.  There were egg and spoon races, sack races, three legged races and even tug of war.  A party atmosphere was created by local young musician Jay who played the piano while Chameleon Face painters provided the beautiful face art.  To top it all, the Vice Chair of the Museum, Graham Croft, cooked delicious burgers and hot dogs on the barbecue.


“It was a really fun day” commented Judith Hewitt, Museum Manager.  “We recently came across a photo of girls in World War One having a tug of war somewhere in Eastriggs.  This got us thinking that we could do something similar.  We also have a document in our archive which tells of a Sports Day in 1919 which was held on Eastriggs playing ground and included workers from HM Factory Gretna getting involved in different sports.  We currently have an exhibition in the museum called ‘The Contribution of the Commonwealth’ which explores why Eastriggs is known as the Commonwealth village and it seemed like an ideal time to have a mini Commonwealth games of our own!”


The Devil’s Porridge Museum has a full programme of summer activities for young people from July 1st to August 17th.  All activities are free.



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