Tug-o-war fun. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

Record numbers of visitors flocked to a sporting event in Downham Market.

Held at  the Memorial Field on Sunday, the Downham Games saw around 500 visitors turn up to enjoy the fun and Premier League football twins Josh and Jacob Murphy paid a surprise visit.

Organiser Frances Rayner said the highlight of the day had been the arrival of the twins, originally from Downham, who are both signed to Norwich City FC.

“We finished on an absolute high,” she said. “Josh and Jacob had signed some football boots for the event, but then they actually turned up. It was fantastic, they kept the crowds there, they played with the children, it was pretty cool.

“We’re very grateful to them for giving up their time.”

Many different activities were tried during the festival, including new additions jazzercise and yoga.

And the new Nerf gun wars also went down a storm with the children, said Mrs Rayner.

“Despite the weather being a bit chilly, the games were very successful.

“I think the weather actually worked in our favour as where else would you go?”

In fact, the event, which is in its fourth year, was so busy, organisers ran out of medals to present to the participants.

Mrs Rayner said: “We were blown away with the amount of people that turned-up, and we are having to get some more medals made.”

She added that organisers are already thinking about next year.

Mrs Rayner said: “When all the volunteers were packing everything away, we said here’s to next year.”