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› Congratulations

The following couples successfully 'claimed the bacon' on Saturday 12 July 2008:

  • Michael & Janet Denny (Rayleigh, Essex)
  • Jeff Dotts & Erin Albers (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
  • Graeme Fearon & Amanda Horner (Ramsbury, Wiltshire)
  • Des & Claire Rayner (Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex)

› 2008 Roll of Honour

The Dunmow Flitch Trials Committee would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their support as sponsors and contributors to the Trials:

  • Andrew Bayford and Landmark Interiors for providing carpentry & building services
  • Anglia Fire Protection for providing the fire extinguishers
  • BAA London Stansted for their generous cash donation
  • Banana Travel for selling tickets
  • Bryant Homes for providing the car park barriers
  • Carpet Comfort for providing the stage carpet
  • Chris Easter for storing the props and helping to put up bunting
  • Co-operative for their generous cash donation
  • Daniel Robinson & Sons for providing bearers
  • Dunmow Broadcast for fantastic publicity, sponsoring the banners & leaflet distribution
  • Dunmow Flower Club for beautifully decorating the marquee and Flitch of Bacon
  • Dunmow Rotary Club & Inner Wheel for acting as Court Bailiffs
  • Dunmow Town Council for their generous cash donation and preparing the grounds
  • Essex Police especially Neville Hayden and David Martin
  • G W Blowers for their cash donation
  • Gates for their generous cash donation
  • Get Ahead Hats (Thaxted) for providing hats for the maidens
  • Helena Romanes School & Sixth Form Centre for lending us artwork and props
  • HSBC Great Dunmow for their cash donation
  • Jean Willis for making the beautiful banners in the marquee and tending to the smocks
  • Jody Huizar for organising the Flitch Bearers
  • Mike Perry for developing the official photographs
  • Perkins for sponsoring the tickets
  • Peter French at Signtec for producing the banner
  • Peter Jackson for the loan of his dray
  • Pickford Builders for helping to build and stage
  • Richard Harris as Town Crier
  • Rod Martin for collecting and collating the props
  • Saffron Walden Building Society for sponsoring the chairs
  • Stansted Airport Community Fund for the generous cash donation
  • Stokes for providing the Flitch of Bacon
  • Sweetlands for providing the Flitch of Bacon
  • The Saracen's Head for donating the use of their meeting room

We thank the following for their generous donation of raffle prizes: Cloud IX, Harpers Fitness & Leisure, Luckins Wine Store, Musketeers, P&A Woods, Pure Health & Beauty, The Green Man (Lindsell), Wardrobe, Maysland Holistic Retreat, Figurewise, Suzana, Occasions Florists, Stacey's Flowers

We thank our advertisers for their support in the programme and the residents of Rosemary Lane, Market Place, Star Lane, Stortford Road, North Street, The Maltings and surrounding roads for their forebearance with the road closures.

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The Dunmow Flitch Song
A group from Frome called the Bad Detectives felt inspired to write a song about the Dunmow Flitch for the 2008 Trials which is now available as an MP3:
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On the Day
There were 3 separate Trials which started at 10.30am, 2pm & 7pm. Tickets were priced at £5, £10, £13 & £16.

The Flitch Procession before each Trial started from outside The Saracen's Head on the High Street and travelled along Stortford Road to the marquee on Talberds Ley. At the end of each Trial, the procession left the marquee and proceeded to Market Place, where the oath- taking ceremony took place.

Entertainment and stalls on the day included: Austin 7 Club, Morgan Club, Morris Men, Clog Dancers, Dunmow Majorettes, St. Mary's Steel Band, Dunmow Karate Club, Punch & Judy, Dunmow Arts Centre, local produce, pony rides, model boats, and the Essex Guild of Craftsmen held a craft fair in the Foakes Hall.