Barrel rolling – 1983

When Market Lavington had more than its present single pub – The Green Dragon – much competition and merriment was had Barrel Rolling. This was an inter-pub contest, organised by the Sea Scouts, which involved Rolling the barrels up the hill in White Street. We have already featured this event, which took place over many years and will now look at the reports in our Newspaper Cuttings from 1983 and (in our next post) from 1984.

In 1983, there were five pubs competing in various competitions, including barrel rolling and fancy dress and a tug of war across the Broadwell, where each team tried to pull their opponents into the water.

The King’s Arms and The Drummer Boy were Market Lavington pubs (both now closed). The Wheatsheaf and the Bridge Inn were in neighbouring West Lavington, whilst The Royal Oak (which is still open) is in Easterton.


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