Tradition was at the heart of this year’s Corby Glen Sheep Fair when a show featuring a flock took centre stage.
The sun came out for the 777th annual show, which took place on Sunday, and attracted hundreds of visitors to the tiny village.
Treasurer of the sheep fair committee Steve Honeywood said: “Organising an outdoor event in October is a bit of a risk and you’ve got to accept that anything can happen, but we were so lucky with the weather. It really set us up for a good day when we saw how sunny it was. People were getting up and coming down to the village and it was packed by about 11am.
“We were well up on visitor numbers from last year and there were also more stalls than last year.”
Retained firefighter Brian Walsingham, who was awarded a British Empire Medal and lives in the village, took to the stage in the Market Place at 10am to declare the event open and was followed by a string of acts. Among the most popular was a local dance academy featuring about 50 young dancers, which attracted proud parents and grandparents, as well as musicians and a folk group playing. The Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also drew whoops and cheers as it flew over the packed Market Place four times.
The Sheep Show proved the real highlight of the entertainment though with old and young alike keen to learn about the nine breeds of sheep on display.
A clay pigeon shoot also took place in aid of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, raising at least £1,000 - double last year’s total. Mr Honeywood said the committee was delighted with the amount raised for the air ambulance, which he said the committee was “very proud to be able to support”.
Visitors also packed into The Fighting Cocks pub, which sold out of its specially-brewed sheep fair ale, and The Willoughby Gallery, which was holding a special exhibition to mark 50 years since the Willoughby Memorial Trust was created.
On Monday, the sun had disappeared but the visitors had not and there was still a big crowd braving the drizzle to see the sheep auction, which was organised by Newark Livestock Market.
Mr Honeywood added: “We’re all really pleased to see the sheep auction back in the village and the local primary school children came down to see what was going on, so with the buyers and sellers as well, we got a big crowd.
“Overall, it was a really successful sheep fair.”