Competitors do battle on the “greasy pole”. Pictures: Ian Burt

Visitors to a West Norfolk village fete last weekend could have been forgiven for thinking they were actually in Ambridge,  the rural setting for iconic BBC Radio 4 show The Archers.

Actor Tim Bentinck, best known for his role as David Archer in the long-running programme, made a guest appearance to officially open Shouldham Village Fete.

The annual event was held on the village green and included an afternoon of fun to celebrate British summer together once again.

This year’s event featured a range of traditional fete entertainment and stalls, including a fun dog show, raffle, live music, tractor rides, face painting and a coconut shy.

There was also “bowl for a pig”, horseshoe throwing, splat-the-rat and Shouldham’s own “greasy pole” over a water tank.

Visitors could also guess the number of balloons in a Land Rover or take part in traditional games including tug-of-war.

Parish council chairman Nigel Walsh said it had been a very successful afternoon for the belated  village fete and it was good to see the community out enjoying themselves.

“The day was very well attended and enabled us to raise money for our chosen charities and the Shouldham Project Play Park,” he said.