Celebrating 80 years of Brid’s Easter festival

Mayor Coun John Copsey launches the 2016 festival
Mayor Coun John Copsey launches the 2016 festival

Bridlington hosted its annual Easter hockey festival, which celebrated its 80th anniversary of the men’s event and 35 years of women’s competition.

The festival opened on Good Friday with the traditional bully-off, when they were joined by the mayor, Coun John Copsey.

At the bully-off, the mayor handed the traditional bottle of whiskey to Rod Ruzzak of the Scotland Rusty Coats

At the bully-off, the mayor handed the traditional bottle of whiskey to Rod Ruzzak of the Scotland Rusty Coats

Teams played mixed hockey in a friendly league on day one, then Saturday saw men’s teams arrive from Manchester, Dunfermline, Hartlepool, Driffield and Bridlington, while the ladies hosted Hull, Epworth, Hartlepool, Barnsley and two Bridlington sides.

As usual the fancy dress caught as much attention as the hockey, with costumes including land girls, grannies, sea creatures, Keith Lemon and the Ghostbusters.

The men’s competition was narrowly won by Hartlepool, with Driffield a close second.

The ladies competition was won in the final match by the Charity Cases from Bridlington, who pipped Bridlington II: The Land Girls to the title.

Teams played in fancy dress at the festival.

Teams played in fancy dress at the festival.

With both teams undefeated all weekend, it was one extra win that proved decisive.

Bridlington Hockey Club thanked all teams who attended and supported the festival.

Teams played in fancy dress at the festival.

Teams played in fancy dress at the festival.