Fatstock show taking place in Uppingham on Wednesday

LIVESTOCK will be taking centre stage in Uppingham on Wednesday when the town’s 105th fatstock show takes place in the Market Place.

Organisers are proud to host the only remaining show of its kind in the country to take place in temporary pens in a town centre.

The show has only ever been cancelled because of war and two national outbreaks of foot and mouth disease which restricted the movement of livestock.

Event secretary Charles Richardson is looking forward to another successful event.

He said: “Despite the economic gloom, livestock entries for all the classes are high so this should prove to be an excellent and enjoyable show.”

The Market Place will be cleared on Tuesday evening so the temporary pens can be installed.

Livestock taking part in the show will start to arrive from 7am on Wednesday in time for the judging at around 10am.

The winners will be announced at about 11.30am and prizes will be presented by this year’s special guest, the headmaster of Uppingham School Nigel Harman, who will then give a speech during the official lunch at The Falcon Hotel.

Uppingham mayor Peter Rees has also been invited to attend the event on behalf of Uppingham Town Council.

He said: “The fatstock show is an extremely important part of Uppingham’s calendar and I believe it attracts many visitors to the town.

“It has taken place for more than a century and I think people in Uppingham very much like it and are always keen to support it.

“I look forward to being there and showing my own support for the event as well that of Uppingham Town Council.”

The show includes classes for cattle, sheep and pigs, some of which will be auctioned off after the event.