Village tradition still going strong
A centuries-old tradition returns at the weekend with the 780th Corby Glen Sheep Fair.
The village festival and sheep sale usually take place on consecutive days in October, but the sale date was brought forwards by a month this year to make it more profitable.
Changes to farming practices meant the October sale had become less viable for the industry but moving it to the start of September this year increased the number of sheep for sale by 60 per cent.
Event organisers hope the success of the move will keep the traditional sale running for many more years.,
Committee chairman Keith Raby said: “It’s a great tradition that keeps people coming back. The charter to have an annual market was granted in 1238 and it has carried on since then. Who’s going to be the one to break that tradition?”
The village festival will continue as usual on Sunday, October 7. Organisers expect thousands of visitors to arrive in the village to enjoy the broad range of family entertainment.
A highlight of the event for many visitors is the sheep show which runs on the green at intervals throughout the day, but there is plenty more on offer.
Historically the event includes sideshows, shooting galleries and boxing booths.
As times change the shooting and boxing have been replaced with classic car displays and on-stage performances by local groups including J4K Line Dancers, The Dance Academy, Jamie Jessop, Spalding Folk Club, Corby Glen Primary School Choir and Clare and Her Swinging Titfers.
There will be a beer festival at The Fighting Cocks, stalls in the Church Street Rooms and a giant football contest.
A photography competition will be judged on the day. Entries under the theme Rural Scenes should be sent to Lily’s Lavender Hut by October 3. Entrants must submit a 6x4 print with their name, telephone number and age (if under 16) on the back.
The committee will also present money to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance raised from a clay pigeon shoot.
The event takes place from 10am until 4pm.