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Dunmow Flitch Trials 2016

› Congratulations

The following couples successfully 'claimed the bacon' on Saturday 9 July 2016:

  • Mr Ralph & Mrs Helen White of London, N1
  • Mr Christopher Atkinson & Mrs Meredith Atkinson-Wood of Stebbing, Essex
  • Mr Mohammed Mizan Sabur & Ms Emma Marcus of Churchend, Great Dunmow
  • Dr Geoff & Mrs Caroline Parkes of Diseworth, Derbyshire

Winners of the Gammon:

  • Mr Jonathan & Mrs Caroline Spooner of Great Dunmow, Essex

› 2016 Roll of Honour

The Dunmow Flitch Trials is an historical event of which this town is rightly proud. However, as anyone who has been involved in organising such events will tell you, it takes an extraordinary amount of time, commitment and money to make it happen.

Special thanks to the 2016 Committee: Richard Burlend, Michael Coleman, John Davey, Rob Foster, Helen Haines, Mark Jones, Ross Karklins Jackie Martin, June Milne, Toni Orrow, Des and Lisa O'Dwyer, Mike Perry, Jenny Poulton, Kay Puddick, Martyn Sycamore and Bernie Taffs.

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

  • A J Coulson for providing a Flitch
  • Anglia Fire Protection for providing the fire extinguishers
  • Art Competition:
    • Aubrey Art Gallery & Dunmow Library for providing Art Competition display space
    • Linda Series for acting as Art Competition Judge
    • Jackson's, The Society for all Artists, St Cuthbert's Mill, Rosemary & Co. for donating Art Competition Prizes
    • May and Bretts for providing window advertising space and prizes
  • Browns for loan of Ground Care Machinery
  • Beresford's for the display boards
  • Buildtech Heritage of Essex Ltd for their contribution towards the marquee flowers
  • Containerlift for donating our storage container
  • Councillor Graham Barker (UDC) for his cash donation
  • David Lee Estate Agents for sponsorship towards the Flitch Ball
  • David Milne for the straw bales
  • Dawn Cheshire & helper for cooking the Flitch for the Post Trials Lunch
  • Domino's Pizza for their cash donation
  • Don's of Dunmow for their cash donation
  • Dunmow Fencing for supplying the fencing around the pond on Talbertds Ley
  • Dunmow Flower Club for beautifully decorating the marquee, dray & flitch of bacon
  • Dunmow Museum for looking after the Flitch artefacts
  • Dunmow Rotary Club for acting as Court Bailiffs and their cash donation
  • Dunmow Round Table for supplying road management and collection of props on the Friday
  • Dunmow Tennis Club for loaning their club house
  • Dunmow Town Council for their generous cash donation and preparing the grounds
  • ESL for providing Stage and Lighting
  • Flitch Travel for selling the tickets
  • Fulton's Chop House for their hospitality and displaying the Flitch banner
  • Gates for their cash donation
  • Ian Thorpe & Andrew Lodge for the loan of the Oath Taking 'stage' truck
  • Jean Willis for tending to the Bearers' smocks
  • Jody Huizar for brilliantly organising the Flitch Bearers
  • John Hayes and Tony Puddick for their Jury Keeping skills
  • Maureen Corder at The Hat Lady 01376 329716 for the Maidens' hats
  • Mel Inwood (Dunmow Day Centre) for providing food
  • Michael Chapman for his wise counsel, advice and support
  • Mike Perry for developing the official photographs
  • Mullucks Wells for sponsoring the chairs
  • Multitech Site Services for providing the power
  • P & A Wood for their cash donation
  • Palmer & Martin for the loan of a van
  • Perkins for sponsoring the tickets
  • Peter Noble for compering the arena
  • Priors Farm for providing a Flitch
  • Richard Harris for his services as Town Crier
  • Roger Hockley for storing the props
  • SEE for supplying all the barriers for traffic control
  • St Mary's Church for the loan of props
  • Stansted Airport Community Trust for programme printing and Flitch Chair renovation
  • Stansted Passenger Community Fund for leaflet printing
  • Sweetlands for providing a Flitch
  • Tesco for donating two Flitches
  • The Co-op Dunmow for gammons and a hamper
  • The Co-op Flitch Green for a hamper
  • The Flitch House for five bottles of champagne
  • The Saracen's Head for donating the use of their meeting room
  • Uttlesford District Council - Leisure Grant, New Homes Grant for their cash donation
  • Winfresh Bananas for donating a supply of bananas

We thank the Market Place and Arena performers; the local land owners who let us display our banners; our advertisers for their support and the residents of Rosemary Lane, Market Place, Star Lane, Stortford Road, North Street, The Maltings and surrounding roads for their forbearance with the road closures.

For more information, please send an email to:

Peter Sweetland & Alan Coulson with THE flitch from Great Garnetts

Zoe Brady & the Town Team hamper

Mark Jones with Caroline Roche from the Co-op Flitch Green

Mark Jones with Wayne Legate from Co-op Great Dunmow

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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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