THE Beaminster community voted the inaugural indoor Olympics, held at the Fleet Club, a resounding success, and raised £415 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Contestants were required to demonstrate their sporting prowess over six individual events to include darts, nine-pin skittles, three-sided snooker, bar skittles, pontoon and spoof.

The supreme Olympic champion was former popular landlord of the Beaminster Red Lion, and ex-race horse jockey, Malcolm Dewar, who scored 66 points.

Also on the podium in runners-up spot was Malcolm Hall (65 points) closely followed by Sophie Knell (64 points).

Entertaining live commentary by Dom Kullander together with a leaderboard all added to the excitement, with the results going right to the wire.

The event was kindly sponsored by Kingcombe Aquacare who have strong ties with the town from yesteryear; and around 20 Beaminster businesses that generously donated raffle prizes.

The tentative date for the follow up indoor ‘winter’ Olympics is mid-December.

Kimmy Dodge, Kingcombe team captain said: “It’s all been so worthwhile, we’ve raised far more than we expected on the night and every penny goes to Cancer Research UK.

“This event has really helped raise the profile of the Relay for Life 24-hour walk that team Kingcombe are participating in later this month.”

That event takes place at the Wadham School track in Crewkerne on the 22nd of July. Anyone wishing to support the event can do so by contacting Kimmy on 01460 279200