Lend me your old grey mare

Tom Pearce lent me his old grey mare because we took ourselves off to Widecombe Fair and there was plenty on offer for young and old alike.

Displays of livestock, cattle and sheep at the bottom of the main field and ponies in the main ring. Also in the main ring, the crowds were kept entertained with the Dartmoor Hawking Falconry Display and the Dartmoor Hill Pony Musical Ride.

In the tents, there was a wide range of local produce and flowers on show. Dog lovers could enjoy the dog show and the sheep dog trials, with Tia the Border Collie rounding up ducks. There was of course the ever-popular terrier racing where showgoers entered their dogs, this was a great laugh, and some more serious work going on as the sheep shearing got underway. The Fair was entertained all day by the performers on the Rugglestone Inn stage.

The new Devon Dialect Alphabet Book was launched at the Fair by Wendy Beard.

Widecombe walker Sally Hicks-Beach returned to Widecombe after completing a three month walk from John O’Groats to Lands End, which raised money for the Fair’s charities. With blue skies nearly all day a great time was had by Uncle Tom Cobley and all.

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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