THOUSANDS of people dodged the rain to take part in one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar on Saturday – the Oswestry Community Games.

The 11th edition of the event took place on Sunday with community groups showing off what they do to VIP guests including disabled adventurer Darren Edwards and new town mayor Councillor Mike Isherwood.

The Bartells, Oswestry’s most popular band, entertained guests leaving lead organiser James Manford delighted with how the day went.


He said: “It was a delight to be in our beautiful park today again and seeing so many activities going on.

Border Counties Advertizer: MD Warriors at the Community Games. MD Warriors at the Community Games. (Image: David Osselton.)

“Many thanks go to all our local sponsors – Oswestry Town Council, Oswestry BID, Oswestry Sports Forum, Bunning Gas, DRE Accountants Perspective Finance group and Oswestry Life who make this event possible.

“Thank you to all the club volunteers who have given their time today so willingly, and to David Davies who was again in fine form as our MC for the day.

Border Counties Advertizer: Kelly Clarke (right) with Border Gymnastics members. Kelly Clarke (right) with Border Gymnastics members. (Image: David Osselton.)

“I would also like to thank David Osselton from Oswestry Photographic Society for undertaking his role as our official photographer, to Mal Molloy as videographer for creating a video of today’s activities, Cllr Isherwood, our Town Crier Phil Brown and to Sue Cameron, head park keeper and her team for making the park yet again look so good and a relaxing place to be.

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“Last but not least, my thanks go to my colleagues Kelly Clarke and Clive Knight, who work tirelessly throughout the year to help me make this great community event happen again.”

Darren was on hand throughout the day to inspire people with his international exploits and motivation to do so following his mountaineering accident.

Border Counties Advertizer: Cllr Mike Isherwood does yoga at Oswestry Community Games. Cllr Mike Isherwood does yoga at Oswestry Community Games. (Image: David Osselton.)

James added: “Many thanks to our volunteers who played a key role helping with the running of the Games, including overseeing the raffle in support of Darren’s chosen charity ‘Wings for Life’.”

Border Counties Advertizer: The Bartells belt out their hits at Oswestry Community Games. The Bartells belt out their hits at Oswestry Community Games. (Image: David Osselton.)

At the closing ceremony, Cllr Isherwood thanked everyone for their support, and spoke about the importance of the Community Games to help improve people’s physical and mental health.

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With around 150 volunteers here today, he was delighted to be there and congratulated everyone and all their work in their clubs to support our community and this great event.

Darren also spoke about his journey to reach this point, and to take advantage of the opportunities available locally before the town crier then closed the Games with his verse and inimitable style.

Border Counties School of Gymnastics then provided their spectacular finale to close the Games.