Rutland Day is ‘most popular yet’

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Visitors to Rutland Day were spoiled for choice with foods to sample, exercise classes to join in and live music to enjoy from Paspatou, the Houndogs and the Paradimes.

The annual event is hosted by Anglian Water, at Rutland Water, in Sykes Lane.

This year’s new attraction, a sports arena where visitors could preview the sports local clubs had on offer including judo, netball, rugby and fishing, was particularly popular.

Hundreds of people also flocked to the new Rutland beach and swimming area, to make the most of the last chance this year to paddle in the reservoir.

Fitness manager Mike Davenport who ran Catmose Sports Centre’s body balance class said: “It was very popular. It was a nice change of scenery and a very picturesque place to teach.”

This year’s event was also the finishing line for Anglian Water’s annual charity bike ride in aid of international charity WaterAid.

More than 50 riders rolled into the event having completed distances of between 70 and 125 miles over two days and having raised more than £17,000 for charity.

The event also showcased the very best of Rutland’s produce with a Food and Drink Festival where 20 different stalls and producers sold a range of foods from meats and pies to sweets and ice creams.

Among them was Brown’s Gourmet Sausages from Northamptonshire.

Owner Duncan Brown said: “It was our first year.

“It was nice and busy and there was a really nice atmosphere. We will be back next year.”

Anglian Water’s Tony Entwistle, who organised this year’s event said: “It was fantastic to see so many visitors out and about enjoying what our local area has to offer in such a beautiful part of the country.

“This year felt like the most popular one yet, but I have no doubts that next year will raise the bar once again.”