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It's a Knockout held in Basingstoke park
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MEN dressed in drag and a group decked out in fluorescent spandex were just some of the sights on show when a Basingstoke charity resurrected a TV classic.
Spotlight UK – a charity that provides care and support for people of all ages – hosted an It’s a Knockout event at War Memorial Park on Sunday August 18 in front of hundreds of spectators.
Twenty teams, in differing levels of fancy dress and ranging in age from adults to young children, competed for top scores in a series of bizarre challenges.
Events included having to dive through an inflatable tunnel while carrying a ball before having to throw it into an inflatable basketball hoop.
Another event was a human wheelbarrow race where two people had to collect hoops off five foot-high inflatable figurines.
Stuart Rex, from Crown Heights, Basingstoke, was part of the nine-strong team Chafing The Dream team, made up of present and former Sony employees.
The 25-year-old said: “The day has been absolutely cracking. “We are certainly appreciating the efforts some people have made with fancy dress.
“It is great to have something like this come to Basingstoke. It does not happen very often and it is something great for a Sunday, and a good cause.”
The It’s a Knockout competition was not the only thing on offer at War Memorial Park. Dozens of inflatable rides, from human table football, to a climbing wall, were popular with the thousands of visitors throughout the afternoon.
Spotlight founding member Michaela Riley, 36, from Tadley, said she was delighted with the turnout and hopes the event will raise thousands of pounds for the Shakespeare Road-based organisation.
“The main thing about the day is bringing the community together and having people to raise money for charities, not just Spotlight,” said Mrs Riley. “We also want to raise awareness about Spotlight UK.”
She added that cash raised will support the charity’s RAF Odiham scheme which supports children whose parents are away on active service. Money will also support its National Theatre Connections project where youngsters will perform a National Theatre-commissioned play.
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