PICTURES: Baa-rilliant day at Findon sheep fair

The Findon Sheep Fair took place on September 10 and attracted huge crowds
The Findon Sheep Fair took place on September 10 and attracted huge crowds

Good old fashioned British spirit was in the air as hundreds braved the rain this weekend to attend a sheep fair.

Findon Sheep Fair and Village Festival took place on Saturday, and included a variety of stalls and events.

Dancers from the Nicola Miles Theatre Studios entertained crowds

Dancers from the Nicola Miles Theatre Studios entertained crowds

Unsurprisingly, the highlight of the day was the sheep show, which organiser Simon Stace said went down well with onlookers.

“The finale of the sheep show is them all dancing on this stage.

“There were about 100 people crowded around watching it, which I found quite amusing.”

Simon said that despite the bad weather, people still got behind the event.

Stuart Barnes and his dog and duck show was a highlight

Stuart Barnes and his dog and duck show was a highlight

“When you’re setting up first thing in the morning and you see the grey clouds overhead it isn’t great, but we had a huge amount of people turn up and they had a good day. It was the usual British spirit of ‘let’s get on with it’.”

The sheep fair, which has its roots in the 13th century, is now the biggest event in the Findon calendar, attracting people from around the area.

Simon said: “We have a huge amount of people walking through the village.

“Hopefully people have had a look around and liked the feel of the village, and will want to come back.”

David Pannell and his daughter Lily, two, were at the fair

David Pannell and his daughter Lily, two, were at the fair

Head judge of the sheep show Bob Coleman said: “I know people who judge and compete around the country, and all say that Findon Sheep Show ranks first in their list of shows. This is only achieved by careful planning and sheer hard work, especially on the day. Congratulations to the committee and volunteers for yet another amazing show.”

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There were more than 30 different breeds of sheep at the fair

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Children were entertained by a Punch and Judy show

Children were entertained by a Punch and Judy show

The fair  included sheep displays and judging

The fair included sheep displays and judging