The Squirt

Starts: December 26, 2019 at 11:30 am
Ends: December 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm

It’s that time of year again,
when the Volunteer Fire Brigade invite you
to one of the highlights of their calendar

The Annual Boxing Day Squirt.

For those that haven’t been to a Squirt before, it is when a team from the GVFB take on a team from Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service at ‘a competition of skill, bravery & wits’ .

A beer barrel is suspended from a wire across the River Ise and both teams take their place at either side of the ford. When the whistle is blown, the two teams raises their hoses and attempt to push the barrel over the heads of their competitors to score a point. The first team to reach 3 points wins.

The Squirt begins at noon, however, the Brigades invite you to join them at the Eleanor Cross at around 11.30(ish) to watch the Parade and be inspected by the Mayor of Kettering.

It s recommended that spectators wear, not only warm clothing, but waterproof clothing as well, as the spray always comes over the bridge and drenches everyone on it.

Food and drinks will be available from The Star Inn and the Cricket Club Pavilion (behind the Post Office on Queen Street).

On their website, the GVFB say: “Traditionally, Geddington are announced the victors by 12:30.” Only time will tell the truth.

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