Call to villagers to back another successful Stow Sports Week

Stow Fancy Dress
Stow Fancy Dress

Stow Sports Week president Andrew Riddell hopes villagers turn out in force for the annual festival, which begins on Sunday.

The fun starts and ends at Stow Park, which has benefited from the recent dry weather and looks ready to host the majority of the Sports Week’s packed schedule.

Stow Fancy Dress

Stow Fancy Dress

Andrew said: “The park has had a lot of bad press recently due to flooding, but it is looking really good at the moment.

“We welcome more entries for our football tournament on Sunday which is always keenly contested, and the good state of the park should mean a successful Sports Day on June 22.

“I really hope the village gets behind the Sports Week in their hundreds and we can have a great seven days.”

As ever, the entertainment is varied, from Superstars competitions to traditional boules contests and, of course, the Friday night fancy dress and Sports Week dance to round off the week.

Schedule (June 16 to 22)


noon – Family football day, Stow Park. Boys and girls’ seven-a-side tournament; barbecue and refreshments available.


6pm – Basketball for primary five to seven and S1 to S6, Primary School multi court.

7pm – Men’s football, Stow Park. Stow v Killochyett.


6.15pm – Superstars competition for primary one to under-15 years, Stow Park. Followed by treasure hunt (bring your own pencil).


7pm – Hillheid race, Primary four to seven, S1 to under 15, adults, Stow Park. Competitors should meet at 6.30pm. Followed by adults’ sheaf tossing and children’s tug-o-war.


6.30pm – Traditional boules contest, primary school, courtesy of Stow Parish Archive.


7pm – fancy dress competition, Stow Park. Entrants should meet at 6.30pm.

8-11pm – Family fancy dress disco, Town Hall; cheese and wine night, lower rooms of Town Hall.


12.30pm – Sports Day, Stow Park. Competitors and spectators parade led by Stow Pipe Band from Town Hall via Townfoot, Station Road and Mill Road to Stow Park; 1pm – sports start, adults and children’s races and novelty events.

8pm till late – Sports Week dance, Town Hall. Music by Ian and Ben’s Ceilidh Band. Tickets (£7.50) from Stow Post Office.