Join in giant gunge fight

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ONE of the world’s biggest gunge fights will kick off Rotherham Children’s Festival on Saturday.

The main event at Magna then runs from June 27 to July 15 and follows the success of last year’s event which welcomed over 8,000 visitors.

The gunge-a-thon will be an attempt to break the record for the world’s largest such fight and is in aid of Safe@Last.

The event is being organised by children’s TV presenter and entertainer Dave Benson Phillips, who is again acting as host and compere for the festival and will be taking part in many of the events.

Anyone can come along to Magna for the gunge fight, pay a minimum donation of £3 and take part, with around 1,000 people needed to break the record.

People are asked to register from 10am and the gunge fight starts at midday.

The event lasts for five minutes with as much gunge thrown as possible before everyone gets a hose down to clean it off.

The rest of the festival includes Shakespeare performed by primary school children with support from the Open Minds Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Picture This exhibition features creative work from local schools inspired by the National Gallery painting, Surprised! Tiger in a Tropical Storm by French post-impressionist Henri Rousseau.

The RotherMunch challenge will encourage healthy eating among young people, while the arts will also be represented by the Rotherham Children’s Book Awards.

There will also be the Roscars, the annual awards ceremony for pupils’ work in short films, split into four categories.

For younger children there’s the Big Rotherham Nursery Rhyme Sing-along-athon, an attempt to try and create the biggest ever group in Rotherham singing rhymes together.

The whole festival will round off on July 15 with a special event for grown-ups who want to return to their youth with a performance by 90s hitmaker Chesney Hawkes and his band.