Gallery: Corby Glen Sheep Fair 2014

Corby Glen Sheep Fair Bourne Borderers Rosie Story and Clive Hankers EMN-140510-185843009
Corby Glen Sheep Fair Bourne Borderers Rosie Story and Clive Hankers EMN-140510-185843009
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Crowds flocked to the 776th Corby Glen Sheep Fair.

The event took place in the village on Sunday and attracted thousands of people.

Neil Manning, who helps organise the event, said: “I think it went very well. We had a massive footfall. It’s very hard to gauge exactly but I was chatting with my partner and we thought maybe 5,000 people on the day.”

This year there was a new entertainments committee, which brought in a number of attractions including floating zorbing balls, a giant climbing wall tower and quad bike-pulled barrel rides.

There was a central stage where talented musicians and dancers could show off their skills to the crowds. Two bands, The Tunnel and Outcry, gave great performances.

Animal lovers could enter their pets in the dog show, see birds of prey and meet the police drug dogs. There was a clay pigeon shoot, a classic car and motorbike show and craft and food stalls from around the area.

The Fighting Cocks pub hosted a beer festival with live music from tribute band Noasis.

Mr Manning said: “We know the Fighting Cocks completely sold out of their beer. That’s the first time they have done that.

“The stall holders all seemed really pleased.”

One of the highlights was a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Douglas C-47 Dakota.

The only thing missing this year was the traditional sheep market, which usually takes place on the Monday after the event. The auction is organised by Melton Mowbray Market but this year there were problems obtaining an Animal Gatherings Order in time. A spokesman for the Melton market said they would return to Corby Glen next year.

Mr Manning said: “It was sadly beyond our control and wasn’t able to be resolved in time. It’s something we will have to look into for next year.

“It’s a massively long tradition and the only reason they have not been there in the past has been disease.

“But overall we have had some very positive feedback.”

The sheep market will now be held in Melton Mowbray tomorrow (Tuesday).

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