Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

If you ask most people what they think happens at festivals, they generally hazard a guess that there will be bands, music and much dancing. At Port Eliot these things all happen, but during the day mostly there are literary readings and flower arranging competitions and poetry prescription clinics and cookery demonstrations and vintage plate upcycling classes and silk scarf marbling and floral headdress making and interviews and all manner of amazing, extraordinary and delightful things.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Under those headings comes last night’s Inaugural Port Eliot Spelling Bee, hosted by actor Dominic West.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Team Mispelled, consisting of me and Rachel, Emily C from Elle and her husband Josh, Susie Bubble & Steve Salter, and four lovely new friends from Norfolk that we met in the tent, covered ourselves in glory by scoring fifteen, putting us in fourth place. We were very pleased with ourselves.

Emily wants me to point out that this photo was taken pre-Bee, and that she and Susie were not cheating.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Team Mispelled was fuelled by copious jugs of Pimms and of St Austell Brewery’s Tribute Ale.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

There was much conferring.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

And some excellent compere-ing.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

And some infant-unfriendly words.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

There *were* accusations of cheating and Mr West confiscated a team’s iPhone.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Dora covered herself in glory.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Mr West made more faces.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

And here’s Mary the eventual winner. She was amazingly good.

Port Eliot Festival July 2012 Spelling Bee

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