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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Country traditions thrill thousands in Coniston

HOUNDS, holidaymakers and hot weather ensured a country fair was a roaring success at the weekend.

Thousands of people flocked to Coniston Country Fair on Sunday to sample everything from falconry displays to dog shows by one of the country’s best-loved lakes.

Children were unable to resist taking a paddle in Coniston Water as the sun beat down on the Old Hall Farm site.

Steve Kennedy, Coniston Country Fair secretary, said: “The turnout was excellent, it’s too early to say how many people we’ve had but we usually get a couple of thousand.”

Carey Leet was at the event with her four-year-old daughter Katalina Leet.

She said: “We’ve lived in the area for a few years but this is the first time we’ve been to the country fair.

“It’s been a really good day, my son and husband are here too. It’s great.”

Ridgeside Falconry’s display ended in drama after two birds flew off leaving Phil Hardman, who was giving the display, red-faced.

Around 45 trade stalls were nestled among demonstrations from Taste Cumbria chef Gary McClure and dog displays and children’s sports.

Scott Mossop, of Haverigg, gave a display with working cocker spaniels from Muncaster Gun Dog Club.

He said: “I’ve been up before – not doing the displays but we do tend to come every year.

“I’m looking forward to having a pint after the displays.”

Donkey rides were order of the day with youngsters enjoying trips around the show field.

Pamela Dixon’s granddaughter was among the riders.

Mrs Dixon, of Askam, said: “We’ve come up for a day out with the grandchildren, it’s a lovely event and we’ve had a really nice day.”

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